18 April, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/09/2007
INDIA - BANGLEDESH
Author Taslima Nasrin targeted by Islamic Fundamentalists
The woman, famous for having denounced the conditions of the female in Islam, suffered a light head wound during a press conference in Andhra Pradesh. Still today there is a ransom of 500 thousand rupees for her beheading. Christian activist strongly condemns the attack.

Hyderabad (AsiaNews) – This morning Taslima Nasrin, a popular writer born in Bangladesh and famous human rights supporter, was wounded during a press conference with journalists in Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh, as she presented her book.

The assault was carried out by members of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party (MIM), an Islamic movement based in the city: the attackers hit her with bouquets to protest against her criticism of how women are treated under Islamic law. She has received minor injuries on the forehead. It is not the first time that the 45 year old writer, editor and poet Taslima Nasrin, has been the victim of the fundamentalist attacks. Taslima sparked a furore among hardcore Muslim clerics in 1993 when her book "Lajja", (meaning Shame), depicting how Hindu minorities were mistreated in Bangladesh, was published.  The Islamist issued a fatwa with a bounty on her head.

In 1994 organised groups closet o the fundamentalist religious groups demanded she be hanged after she wrote in an article that “the Koran should be completely revisited”.  The government at the time not only failed to take any measures against those who threatened her, but also issued an arrest warrant accusing her of blasphemy.  Fearing for her life, Nasrin fled Bangladesh to Sweden, which offered her asylum, and spent years in Europe before moving to India where she lives on a renewable residential permit. In 1994 the European Parliament awarded her the “Sakharov” Prize for freedom of thought.  In 2004 an Indian Muslim religious leader offered a second ransom of 20.000 Ruppees to whoever “blackened” her face, an act which is considered gravely injurious, while in March of this year an Indian Muslim group also placed a bounty of 500,000 Rupees on her head.

Political analysts feel this is attack has been planned given that Assembly elections are scheduled in a few months time, while Sajan George, National president of the Global Council of Indian Christians said: “It is a shame because this is not the way to treat a guest and it is also an attack on a women.  We should hang our heads in shame at this treatment meted out to her.  India in her 60th year of Independence prided herself that she has a woman President, which we hoped heralded improved status and treatment for our women.  India is a secular democracy. Does India believe in Secular traditions?  In a democracy we are ensured our freedom of speech and expression.  There is a climate of intolerance gaining ground in the country and especially in Andhra Pradesh”. (NC)  

 

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
11/26/2004 MYANMAR
Myanmar frees prisoners, few dissidents
11/10/2008 MYANMAR
Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for "mocking" General Than Shwe
04/23/2010 INDIA - ISLAM
Islamic veil: urgent need to interpret the Koran to restore dignity to women
by Asghar Ali Engineer
12/02/2006 CHINA
Convictions of blind activist, journalist Zhao upheld
09/10/2013 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, four 'anti-Islam' bloggers sentenced
by Sumon Corraya

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”
ASIA
Easter: The silence of the innocent and the gag
by Bernardo CervelleraViolations of religious freedom and the West's hypocricy surrounding this issue are likely to drag the world into an unprecedented chaos. But even in silence - of death accepted for love or death inflicted by power - God is at work. An indestructible hope rises on Easter morning and a small opening of the heart is just enough for it to invade a lifetime. Happy Easter.
IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.