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.