Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen says she will remove controversial lines from her book that have sparked angry protests by some Muslim groups in India.
Nasreen (Friday) said she is withdrawing parts of her 2002 book (titled Dwikhandita) that recount her memories of Bangladesh in the 1980s when secularism was removed from the constitution.
The author says she had no intention of hurting anyone's sentiment and hopes to put an end to the controversy. Nasreen says she wants to live in India peacefully. India's government has pledged to protect Nasreen and moved her to a safe house in New Delhi this week, after violent protests forced her to flee her home in the eastern city of Kolkata. Some Muslim groups say Nasreen's writing and comments are anti-Islamic. The author and feminist has criticized Islam and other religions for oppressing people, especially women.