Calcutta has been hit by a wave of riots:
“Troops have been deployed in the Indian city of Calcutta after protests over a controversial writer turned into riots. Police using tear gas and baton charges were unable to control crowds calling for Bangladeshi feminist writer Taslima Nasreen to leave India. Rioters blocked roads and set cars alight. At least 27 people were hurt. More than 100 arrests have been made.
Wednesday’s trouble in the state capital began after the predominantly Muslim All-India Minority Forum called for blockades on major roads in the city. The group said Ms Nasreen had “seriously hurt Muslim sentiments”. Many Muslims say her writing ridicules Islam.
The All-India Minority Forum says Taslima Nasreen’s Indian visa should be revoked and she should be forced to leave the country. Critics say she called for the Koran to be changed to give women greater rights, but she vehemently denied making the comments. Ms Nasreen fled Bangladesh in the early 1990s after death threats and has spent the last three years in Calcutta after a long stay in Europe.”
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