There have been reports in a section of electronic media this evening that the Home Ministry of Government of India has extended Taslima Nasreen's visa. Similar reports appeared two weeks back in several newpapers and television.
I wish to inform that this information is baseless.
From the undisclosed place where she is kept by the authorities, Taslima Nasreen informed some minutes back that the information in circulation is not correct.
Taslima's visa expires on 17th Februay 2008. 16th and 17th being Saturday and Sunday, if her visa is not extended in the next two days, her stay in India will become illegal on Monday, the 18th. She can then be arrested for illegal stay or can be deported.
Taslima writes: "All I want to do is live peacefully in this country. I have nowhere else to go."
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