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'Taslima seems happy and relaxed in Delhi'
November 24, 2007 21:24 IST
Hounded from Kolkata and shifted out of Jaipur within a span of two days, controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen is reportedly comfortable in the capital where she is meeting Central government officials to discuss her future stay in the country.
The 46-year-old writer, who appeared tense and harried when she arrived in New Delhi on Friday night from Jaipur, is now "happy and relaxed", sources close to her said.
Nasreen, facing threats from Muslim fundamentalists for her controversial writings, is staying at the Rajasthan House under tight security provided by the Delhi and Rajasthan Police.
Some officials of the Home Ministry met her during the day to discuss about her permanent stay in the country. She told them that she would like to continue to stay on in India.
"She said she was sent to the Pink City against her wishes. She also does not want to go back to Jaipur," a source said. The Rajasthan government says she is being treated as a guest of the state.
"Last night, she appeared scared and a little subdued due to the developments. But this morning, when we met her again, she appeared relaxed and happy," the source said.
Nasreen refused to have dinner last night but today morning she was talking freely with officials and had her breakfast, said sources.
The Bengali novelist is living in self-exile in India following death threats in Bangladesh after her alleged anti-Islamic writings.