In traditional societies, we have a long legacy of men controlling the body and mind of women. Such societies have valorised motherhood and fabricated concepts like chastity. Women have been the victims of these notions for thousands of years.

-Taslima Nasrin
Taslima Nasrin

Every religion oppresses women. I talk about the Koran because I know this book best. It allows for torture and other mistreatment, especially for women. And I despise the Sharia laws. They cannot be changed. They must be thrown out, abolished.

Taslima Nasrin
All I ever want is to return to either Bangladesh, my motherland, or India, my adopted home.
Taslima Nasrin

I was well acquainted with the Calcutta literary circle since I was 17, when I lived in Bangladesh and published and edited a little magazine called 'Sejuti,' for which young poets from both Bengals wrote. If you look at my life, there is no question of using anyone for anything. I have only got banned, blacklisted and banished.

Taslima Nasrin
Sheikh Hasina's government is one of the best Bangladesh has ever had. She is taking action against fundamentalists. But even she refused to let me return. I don't think I can ever return home.
Taslima Nasrin

It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist. Taslima Na

Taslima Nasrin
I support the rights of all people to practice their religious beliefs privately, but I oppose the idea of respecting religions. In truth, I have no respect for any religion. I believe religion is not compatible with human rights, women's rights, or freedom of expression.
Taslima Nasrin

It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist.

Taslima Nasrin
I was born in a middle class Muslim family, in a small town called Myonenningh in a northern part of Bangladesh in 1962. My father is a qualified physician; my mother is a housewife. I have two elder brothers and one younger sister. All of them received a liberal education in schools and colleges.
Taslima Nasrin

I have been writing poetry since 1975. My first poetry book was published in 1986.

Taslima Nasrin
When Bangladesh refused to renew my passport, I used U.N. travel documents. You can't disown your country.