Banned Book Week

September 30-October 6, 2012

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Lajja (Shame)


The head teacher at the K. C. Technical and Business Management College in Dhaka (Bangladesh) was arrested after the book, considered blasphemous by some Muslims, was found in the school's library. The teacher could face up to three years in jail if he is found guilty of authorizing the book's inclusion in the library. The Prothom Alo newspaper said the teacher denied having the book and said he was the victim of a conspiracy. The novel was banned a year after its publication in 1993 and Nasrin was forced to flee Bangladesh to escape death threats from radical Muslims who considered it blasphemous for advocating secularism.

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