is worrisome that the readers don't express their's and instead target
the writers that they disagree with. Salman Rushdie went into hiding,
and now it is Tasleema Nasrin who is ill and in hiding from radical
Indian muslims who have been issuing death threats to her.
The latest on her from a local Swedish paper, "Under fire Bangladeshi
writer Taslima Nasreen has been offered a safe haven in the Swedish
town of Uppsala. Nasreen fled to Sweden in March following death
threats from radical Indian Muslims and has now moved to the
university town amid high security, newspaper Upsala Nya Tidning
reports. Officials in Uppsala have pledged to cover the 45-year-old
author's accommodation and living expenses for the next two years.
Nasreen is living alone and is in poor health having been hospitalized
in March for emergency treatment."
The newspaper also reports that, "Liberal Party member of parliament
and Uppsala resident Cecilia Wikström has long had contact with
Nasreen. "I know Taslima Nasreen as a very unique individual. Maybe
that's what happens if you have a price on your head," Wikström told
Upsala Nya Tidning. Wikström has successfully lobbied for her party
to help make Uppsala a safe haven for writers. The town's governing
council has now put the idea into action and has agreed to pay for a
one bedroom apartment for the next two years. The writer will also
receive a monthly allowance of 5,000 kronor ($800).
Nasreen fled Bangladesh in 1994 to live in exile, in Sweden among
other countries, after radical Muslims accused her of blasphemy over
her novel "Lajja" -- or "Shame" -- which depicts the life of a Hindu
family persecuted by Muslims in Bangladesh. She has lived in exile
since then, in the United States and Europe, where she holds a Swedish
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