Noted Bangladeshi writer and human rights activist Taslima Nasreen has come out in support of the Uniform Civil Code, saying that such a distinctive legal framework is urgently needed to protect the rights of people. Taslima presented her thoughts during an impromptu session at the Jaipur Literature Festival being held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
She put forth her argument that if the Islamic society wants to progress, it will have to be more tolerant towards criticism and take it in a positive way. It may be recalled that due to various threats issued by Islamic fundamentalist organizations and leaders, she has been living in exile since 1994.
“It is necessary for Islamic society to be tolerant and accept criticism without which they cannot progress. Uniform Civil Code is urgently required for empowering people with human rights,” she said. “I don’t believe in nationalism, religious fundamentalism. I believe in one world. I believe in rights, freedom, humanism and rationalism. Until Islam accepts criticism, no Islamic country can be considered secular. Whenever I criticize, people want to kill me.”
Commenting on the fatwa issued against her in 2007 by the west Bengal government, she said, “Why are secular writers being forced to leave the country or murdered, while religious fanatics are sheltered. I was attacked in Kolkata. Fatwa was issued against me.”