Taslima's visa extended by six months
Friday, 25 January 2008

Agency

Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, under virtual house arrest after being shifted out of here in controversial circumstances, had her Indian visa extended for six months from February 17.

'I have come to know that my visa has been extended,' Taslima told the Press Trust of India on Wednesday when contacted in Delhi where she is staying at an undisclosed destination on security grounds after violent protests by a little-known Muslim group against her alleged anti-Islam writings.

'I am grateful to the government of India for extending my visa.

I consider India my own country,' Taslima said. The writer's Indian visa was last extended on August 10 last year for six months. Radical Muslim groups have been demanding that Taslima's visa not be extended and that she be asked to leave India.

She said she was tired of staying at the safe house and wanted to return to Kolkata.

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