A group of people introducing themselves as ‘Friends of Taslima Nasrin’ observed a human chain program in Dhaka yesterday, demanding the return of human and citizen rights to the controversial writer, now in exile in India.
The group of some 25-30 male and female organized the program in front of the National Press Club yesterday marking Taslima Nasrin’s birthday.
During the hour-long program from 4-5 pm, the protesters carrying banners urged the government to give back the human and citizen rights to the writer who was forced to leave the country in 1994 in the face of outrage for her anti-Islam writings.
The protesters raised 4-point demand that include withdrawal of all legal restrictions on the return of Taslima Nasrin to the country as well as all the cases filed against her, ensuring the rights of expression of opinion of bloggers, writers and journalists, and banning anti-constitutional religious and social extremist groups.
Lovely Yasmin, one of the protesters, said Taslima Nasrin has made several appeals to the government over the last 20 years to return home, but her appeals went unheeded. “This is a violation of the Constitution,” she said.
Yasmin said her group will soon announce its next course of action to realize their demands.