Monday, March 19, 2007

New death threat against Taslima Nasreen

TaslimaNasreen.jpgTaslima Nasreen, the Bangladeshi feminist writer who spoke in London at an International Women's Day event a fornight ago has had a Rs 500,000 (£6000) bounty put on her head by an Indian Mulsim group, the All India Ibtehad Council.

According to the Daily Times in India, Taqi Raza Khan, the president of the council affered the reward to anyone carrying out the "extermination of this notorious woman", saying "Taslima has put Muslims to shame in her writing. She should be killed and beheaded and anyone who does this will get a reward from the council."

Taslima Nasreen fled Bangladesh in 1994 after Muslim fundamentalists declared her writings blasphemous and demanded her execution.

A website billed as "Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims" offers more background information on the death-fatwa againts Nasreen and others.

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