FIR against Taslima Nasreen

An FIR has been lodged against controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen for allegedly hurting religious sentiments following a complaint by a prominent Muslim cleric of UP, a charge, which the author said, "shocked" her.

The case was lodged at Kotwali police station in Lucknow by Hasan Raza Khan Noori Miyan, son of the 'sajjadanasheen' of Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat Maulana Subhan Raza Khan Subhani Miyan, who objected to certain tweets by Nasreen against clerics on November 6, sources Thursday.

In the complaint, it was alleged that with her remarks against clerics on Twitter the writer had hurt the feelings of the Muslim community. Noori Miyan said a fatwa has been issued in the light of Hadees and Quran. It was demanded that the passport of the writer should be seized and she should be arrested.

Taslima said she was shocked to hear about the FIR as she had only spoken the truth. "I do not know what wrong have I done with those tweets. I only spoke the truth and once again they are after me," Taslima said in Delhi.

The author said, "Fundamentalists do not believe in human rights and so I am never allowed to speak even the truth. How can this happen in a democratic country like India where the Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech and expression," asked the 51-year-old author who was forced to flee from Bangladesh after threats from fundamentalists for hurting religious sentiments.

After Arvind Kejriwal sought support for his Aam Aadmi Party from UP cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, Taslima had criticised the meeting on Twitter. In 2007, the Maulana had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh on the author's head if Delhi did not restrict her entry to the country.

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