Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Taslima denies writing article behind Muslim riots

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen said on Tuesday, March 2 that her work had been "misused" by an Indian newspaper after an article purportedly from her sparked protests by Muslims that left two dead.

On Sunday a local Kannada-language newspaper in Karnataka published an article allegedly from the exiled author, who has provoked hardline Muslims before, in which she argued against the burqa. Police imposed a curfew Tuesday in Shimoga, 270 kilometres west of state capital Bangalore, after two people were killed in protests that saw hundreds of Muslims take to the streets.

One person was shot dead by police on Monday, while another was killed in clashes that broke out. Fifteen people were injured and 50 arrested, police said. "The appearance of the article is atrocious," Nasreen said in a statement sent to local news agency PTI. "In any of my writings I have never mentioned that Prophet Mohammed was against the burqa.

She denied ever having written for the newspaper, adding: "I suspect that it is a deliberate attempt to malign me and to misuse my writings to create disturbance in the society. I wish peace will prevail."

Full report here AFP

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Tension grips Karnataka towns over Taslima article IBNLive
Two killed in Shimoga over Taslima Nasreen article, curfew clamped Hindustan Times
Mangalore: Poojary Demands Withdrawal of Asylum Granted to Taslima Nasreen Daijiworld.com
Taslima Nasreen article creates violence in Karnataka Oneindia

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