Posted by: becketfund | August 17, 2007

India: Muslim Clerics Call for Death of Author

Reuters reports that Muslim clerics in Kolkata have issued a warrant for the death of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, saying that her “repeated criticism” of Islam was reason for her to leave the country or face death.  A cash reward of $2,400 (100,000 rupees) was promised to anyone who carried out the warrant, and a cleric at one of Kolkata’s largest mosques promised “additional rewards” for the killer.  Nasreen, who was born into a Muslim family in Bangladesh, now considers herself a secular humanist.  She fled Bangladesh in 1994 after she was judged to have hurt “religious feelings” with a book on riots between Muslims and Hindus.

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