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Controversial Bangladeshi Author Returns to India


A controversial Bangladeshi author has returned to India to renew her visa.

Officials say Taslima Nasreen arrived in New Delhi on Friday and was immediately put under high security. Nasreen returned to India after a few months of living in Sweden, where she had been granted sanctuary.

The author left her native Bangladesh in 1994 when extremist Muslims accused her of blasphemy for writing her novel "Lajja" -- or "Shame." She moved to Kolkata, India, where she lived for many years before receiving death threats from Islamic extremists last year.

The Indian government then moved Nasreen to an undisclosed location in New Delhi, but the author often said she felt she was under house arrest. Friends and journalists say Nasreen would like to go home to Kolkata, but the Indian government has been wary of her returning to the eastern state of West Bengal due to security issues.

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