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Muslim leaders flay attack on Taslima

The muslim leaders and intellectuals term the attack on the Bengali author as "shameful" and "barbaric".

india Updated: Aug 10, 2007 16:00 IST

Muslim leaders and intellectuals on Friday strongly condemned the attack on controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen terming the incident as "shameful" and "barbaric".

"The incident was outrageous and shameful. In a civilised society, you have a right to approve or disapprove of anything," noted lyricist and author Javed Akhtar said.

Observing that fundamentalists are becoming "bolder and bolder by the day," he said, "these (the attackers) are the same people who criticise Bajrang Dal and VHP. What is the difference between them and the Hindu fundamentalist organisations".

"Fundamentalists are getting bolder and bolder as they can get away with almost anything. That is the problem," Akhtar said.

Delhi Minorities Commission Chairperson Kamal Farooqui said the incident was condemnable, specially as three MLAs were involved in it.

But, he said, the government should also ensure that Nasreen is not allowed to do or write anything which hurts the sentiments of Muslims.

"The government should immediately cancel her visa and make her go out of the country," he said adding, "she should realise that this is not Bangladesh or Pakistan, but India where the sentiments of all communities are respected".

Activists of a Muslim group yesterday disrupted a book release function in Hyderabad attended by Nasreen and attempted to assault her though she escaped unhurt.

First Published: Aug 10, 2007 15:39 IST