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Taslima Nasreen's residence permit extended for 1 year

Taslima Nasreen's residence permit extended for 1 year

INDIA HAS extended the residence permit of Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen for one year. The development comes days after the writer took to Twitter to express anguish at being given only three-month extension recently.

A citizen of Sweden, Nasreen has been getting residence permit on a continuous basis since 2004. Her permit is now valid till July 2020, a ministry official said. The 56-year-old writer was last week given a three-month residence permit following which she requested Home Minister Amit Shah to extend it for one year.

“Hon’ble @amitshah ji, I sincerely thank u for extending my residence permit. But I’m surprised it’s only for 3M. I apply for 5yrs but I’ve been getting 1yr extension. Hon’ble Rajnathji assured me I wd get an extension for 50yrs. India is my only home. I’m sure u’ll come to my rescue,” she tweeted on July 17.

Following the extension of the residence permit for one year, Nasreen again took to Twitter. “Twitter is so powerful! On July 16 I tweeted my residence permit wasn’t extended. On July 17 it was extended, but only for 3 months. So many Twitter friends requested MHA to extend it for longer period. It’s extended for 1yr today. Thanks MHA to change decision. Love my Twitter friends,” she said.

Nasreen had to leave Bangladesh in 1994 in the wake of death threat by fundamentalist outfits for her alleged anti-Islamic views. Since then she has been living in exile.

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