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Taslima Nasreen assaulted by the Muslim right in Hyderabad

Sunday 12 August 2007, by siawi

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The Times of India
- 9 August 2007

TASLIMA NASREEN ATTACKED IN HYDERABAD DURING BOOK LAUNCH

HYDERABAD: Taslima Nasreen, the controversial Bangladeshi novelist, was attacked on Thursday by Majid-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) activists in Hyderabad Press club.

The attack took place during the launch of her latest book.

TV grabs showed MIM activists throwing chairs at the controversial writer.

However, no injuries have been reported. The police and journalists came to her rescue and avoided any major mishap.

Taslima is facing fatwas which were issued against her for her radical views against Islam.

The author has been living in India due to Islamic backlash in her native country.

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CNN-IBN
- August 09, 2007 at 14:13

ANDHRA MLA’s LEAD MOB ATTACK ON TASLIMA

Hyderabad: Local political activists in Hyderabad on Thursday attacked the car of author Taslima Nasreen when she was attending the book release of the Telugu translation of her latest novel Shodh.

A group of 20 MIM workers, led by MLAs Afsar Khan, Ahmed Pasha and Mozum Khan, stormed the Press Club premises and raised slogans against the author.

At the concluding session of the book release, the MIM activists barged into the conference hall, attacked the press photographers, damaged the furniture and glass panes and some of them reached the dais and roughed up the novelist.

The police later took the legislators and their supporters into custody.

Later on, she was safely escorted to the airport with the help of journalists and the organisers of the function.

Nasreen is a controversial figure in the world of Literature. Her books Lajja and Dwikhondito are banned in Bangladesh.

Nasreen talks about the torture of Hindu minorities in Bangladesh. She has been living in exile for more than 10 years now.

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SAHMAT
- 8, Vithalbhai Patel House, Rafi Marg
- New Delhi-110001, India
- Tel- 23711276/ 23351424
- e-mail-sahmat vsnl.com
- 9.8.2007

PRESS STATEMENT TO CONDEMN ATTACK ON TASLEEMA NASREEN

SAHMAT strongly condemns the violent attack on Bangladeshi Novelist Tasleema Nasreen in Hyderabad on August 8, 2007 at a function to release the Telugu translation of the novelist’s latest novel Shodh.

It is reported that around 20 MIM workers led by MLAs Afsar Khan, Ahmad Pasha and Mozum Khan stormed the Press Club premises and raised slogans against the author. They attacked her with bouquets, flower pots and virtually anything they could lay their hands on at the concluding session of the book release.

Tasleema Nasreen has been a target of attack from fundamentalist forces both in India and Bangladesh and SAHMAT has always defended her freedom of expression.

We appeal to the democratic minded people in India to join in the condemnation of such attacks and isolate those who preach intolerance and violence.

Ram Rahman
- M.K.Raina

[Source: South Asia Citizen’s Wire, August 10-11, 2007]