TASLIMA Nasrin is a Bangladeshi-Swedish writer, physician, feminist and secular humanist.
She is known for her writing on women’s oppression and criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death.
Some of her books are banned in Bangladesh and she has been blacklisted and banished from the Bengal region (both from Bangladesh and the West Bengal part of India).
She gained global attention in the 1990s owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and criticism of what she characterises as all “misogynistic” religions including Islam.
Nasrin has been living in exile since 1994.
After living more than a decade in Europe and the United States, she moved to India in 2004, but was banished from the country in 2008, although she has been staying in Calcutta, India on a resident permit long-term, multiple-entry or ‘X’ visa since 2004.
Nasrin advocates freedom of thought and human rights by publishing, lecturing and campaigning. She is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.
She has been unable to return either to her home in Bangladesh or to her adopted home of West Bengal, India.PC