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Controversial Bangladeshi Author Seeks Indian Citizenship

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Self-exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin is seeking Indian citizenship, facing death threats from hard-line Islamic groups in her homeland. Press Trust of India quotes Ms. Nasrin as saying that she has faxed a letter to India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil requesting Indian citizenship or a residential permit. She says her birth country, Bangladesh, has slammed the door on her. The Indian news agency also quotes her as saying she would love to live in India's West Bengal state because that would help her in her writings. She now lives in exile in Sweden. The feminist author fled Bangladesh in 1994 when Islamic extremists threatened to kill her after she was quoted as saying the holy Koran should be changed to give women more rights. She denied making the statement.
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