UK scribe says India denied visa

Award-winning British journalist Yvonne Ridley, who was scheduled to address the 'Spring of Islam' conference organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) here, has claimed that the Indian government refused to give her a visa.

In a post on her Facebook page, Ridley blamed Indian politicians for not being sensitive even after ghastly incidents like the Delhi gangrape case. "The Indian Government is refusing to give me a conference visa to address 50,000 women in Hyderabad about women's rights," she said.

The London-based journalist was captured by the Taliban during an undercover assignment in Afghanistan in 2001 and converted to Islam after her release in 2003.

She was to address various sessions at the three-day conference, which began on Friday, Syed Iqbal Razvi, media in-charge of JIH, said.

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