Kuwait Times

Having herself been the subject of fatwas and forced into exile by fundamentalist critics of her writing, Taslima Nasreen despairs at the wave of assassinations of secular bloggers in her native Bangladesh. “You know Islamisation started in Bangladesh in the 1980s and in the 80s I was very worried,” recalls the prize-winning poet and novelist in an interview with AFP in New Delhi. “I wrote about Islamic fundamentalists. I said that they should not go unopposed or they will destroy our society, that’s exactly what’s happened now.”

It’s 22 years since Nasreen last set foot in Bangladesh, having been forced to flee in fear of her life after tens of thousands of Islamists took to the streets to denounce her writing. Her novels and essays had brought her no shortage of enemies and she upset the government by railing against rights abuses and the treatment of women. She infuriated Islamists with her fiercely pro-secular views. She was feted abroad, winning the European parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1994, but the government back home filed a case against her for hurting religious sentiment. Read more…

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