Ms Nasreen had expressed her anguish after the government on Wednesday refused her a one-year visa giving instead a temporary permission to stay in India for two months. Following her outburst on a social networking site, support for her has been pouring from various quarters with Press Council of India Chairperson and former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju demanding permanent visa for the 52-year-old who has been living in exile since 1994.
Mr Katju today welcomed the government's decision to grant Ms Nasreen a residential visa. "@narendramodi Modiji, congratulations to your govt. for giving residential visa to Taslima Nasreen. She is a brave woman, hounded by bigots (sic)," Mr Katju tweeted today. Exiled from Bangladesh in 1994 for "hurting religious sentiments" with her novel "Lajja", Ms Nasreen took refuge in Kolkata in 2004. But after violent protests in the city November 2007, the erstwhile Left Front government whisked her away to New Delhi where she has been living since then. "I am a Bengali writer but I am not allowed to stay in Bangladesh and West Bengal. I would be very happy if i am allowed to stay in Kolkata," she said today.
Ulema demand expulsion of Taslima Nasrin - Let's defend her right to live & speak in peace