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Teacher arrested for having a copy of a book by Taslima Nasrin,
Police found a copy of Lajja (Shame), in the school library. The famous novel banned since 1993 for "blasphemy". Forced to flee death threats since 1994, the author comments: "This arrest proves that Bangladesh is not a democracy but a totalitarian regime."
Taslima Nasrin: Fleeing from a totalitarian and corrupt regime
The famous writer tells AsiaNews about her exile from Bangladesh, the country "nominally democratic country, but which in reality is only a corrupt government." Following the pubblication of her novel Lajja (Shame), Taslima had to flee the state in 1994 because of Islamist death threats. All her books are banned in her homeland.
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Sarkozy not to present award to Nasrin, still a target of Islamic fundamentalism
New Delhi tells Paris not to present the Bangladeshi writer with the Simone de Beauvoir Award on Indian soil. For years she has been the target of Islamic fundamentalists for her action on behalf of women.
Bangladesh, Prime Minister: No to a law against blasphemy
Interviewed by the BBC, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the country is "a secular democracy" in which "everyone has the right to practice their religion." For days, supporters of the Islamist party have been calling for a blasphemy law that prescribes the death penalty for those who offend Muhammad and Islam.
Supreme Court upholds Rinsha Masih's innocence, Paul Batthi satisfied
Pakistan's highest court rejects prosecutors' appeal. For the Christian girl's lawyers, the verdict "sends out a positive image of Pakistan". Paul Bhatti tells AsiaNews that they did not flee but placed their faith in the justice system.
Explosion in Dhaka might be attack against Christians
Papal nuncio visits site of incident.
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