India has refused citizenship to Bangladesh's self-exiled and controversial author Taslima Nasrin, who is facing death threats from hard-line Islamic groups in her homeland.
The government in New Delhi turned down Ms. Nasrin's appeal for citizenship, but granted her a six-month multiple entry visa. Last month, Ms. Nasrin faxed a letter to India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil requesting Indian citizenship or a residential permit, saying her birth country, Bangladesh, had slammed the door on her. She now lives in exile in Sweden, and most of her books are banned in Bangladesh.
The feminist doctor-turned-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.