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Muslim Personal Law Board issues decree against Taslima

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has issued a decree against exiled author Taslima Nasreen.

books Updated: Mar 16, 2007 15:08 IST

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has issued a decree against exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, who has been seeking Indian citizenship.

Maulana Ashraf Khan, the Board spokesman, has warned of nation-wide protests if citizenship is granted to Nasreen.

"We decided that the Government should uphold the Constitution and neither extend her visa nor grant her citizenship. We appeal to the Indian Government to not do either or members will be compelled take to the streets and demonstrate," Khan warned.

A release by the board said a reward of half-a-million rupees would be given to whoever made a successful attempt on her life.

Khan further said the Indian Government had already done enough to hurt Muslim sentiments by allowing her to enter and stay in the country.

Nasreen, a doctor-turned-writer, fled Bangladesh in 1994 after Muslim extremists called for her death following her most controversial book, Lajja, which was banned for blasphemy and suggestions of free sex.

Nasreen was in news last year after a Muslim cleric announced a reward to any one who blackened her face with shoe polish.

After living in exile in Sweden, the United States and Germany, Nasreen now lives in Kolkata.

First Published: Mar 16, 2007 13:32 IST