Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen's residence permit has been extended for one year by the Home Ministry of India, officials said on Sunday.
Taslima, a citizen of Sweden, has been getting Indian residence permit on a continuous basis since 2004.A Home Ministry official in India told PTI that her residence permit has been further extended for one more year till July 2020.
The 56-year-old writer was last week given a three-month residence permit following which she took to Twitter requesting Home Minister Amit Shah for extending it for one year.
Taslima had to leave Bangladesh in 1994 in the wake of death threat by fundamentalist outfits for her alleged anti-Islamic views. Since then she has been living in exile.
She has also stayed in the US and Europe during the last two decades.
However, on many occasions she had expressed her wish to live in India permanently, especially in Kolkata.
Taslima had also applied for permanent residency in India but no decision has been taken on it by the Home Ministry, another official said.The writer also had to leave Kolkata in 2007 following violent street protests by a section of Muslims against her works.
Taslima had said that if she is not able to stay on in India she will suffer from an identity crisis which will affect her writings and championing the cause of women's rights, reports PTI.