An exiled writer who has been in hiding from Indian Islamist groups says she hopes to return to her home soon in the Indian state of West Bengal.
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen fled her home in the eastern city of Kolkata after Islamist groups rioted in protest of her writing.
Since then, Nasreen says she has lived in virtual house arrest in India's capital of New Delhi.
The author on Tuesday said she was optimistic after leftist leader Jyoti Basu said she could return to Kolkata if she chooses to, but the federal government must provide her with security.
Several of Nasreen's works have been banned in India and Bangladesh for saying that Islam and other religions oppress women.