Taslima Nasreen pops up at JLF, says uniform civil code is necessary for women rights in India

The controversial writer also added that the Islamic society needed to be more tolerant towards criticism to make progress.

Taslima Nasreen pops up at JLF, says uniform civil code is necessary for women rights in India

Joining the uniform civil code debate in India, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on Monday said the country urgently needed a uniform civil law in order to uphold women's rights.

Talking at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the controversial writer also added that the Islamic society needed to be more tolerant towards criticism to make progress.

"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 was quoted by The Economic Times as saying.


Taslima, who has been living in exile since 1994, further said that criticism of Islam is the only way to establish secularism in Islamic countries, The Indian Express reported.

“When I or anyone else criticise Hinduism, Buddhism or other religions nothing happens. But the moment you criticise Islam, people come running after your life,” she was quoted as saying.

“They issue fatwas against you and they want to kill you. But why do they need to do so? If they disagree with me, they can write against me, share their views like we do. They can have conversations rather than fatwas,” she added.