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Taslima's autobiography reaches vol. 5

Acclaimed novelist and writer of Lajja, Nasreen said she was working on the fifth volume of her autobiography.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2006 16:36 IST

Acclaimed novelist and writer of

Lajja

, Nasreen said she was working on the fifth volume of her auto-biography, though its four former published editions have already been banned in Bangladesh and West Bengal.

Earlier, speaking at an 'education for all' scholarship project for basic education, Nasreen said she always advocated for quality education regardless of gender.

Education is basic human right for societal change as it could eradicate gender inequality and sex discrimination, she said.

Learning also eradicates poverty, provides better living conditions and enables a person to participate in the social, economic and political spheres, she said.

"I always dream of a beautiful world where there is no oppression or persecution, no physical or sexual exploitation, and no violence against women, she said.

Speaking on the occasion, Shalini Deewan, Director of United Nations Information Centre (India and Bhutan) said there were 875 million illiterate people in the world with 70 per cent of them in just nine countries including Bangladesh and India.

One out of every five children aged between six and 11 in developing countries - an estimated 113 million - are not in school and 60 per cent of them are girls, she quoted her centre's report.