Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen has been refused a one-year visa by the government and instead given permission to stay in India for two months.
She has been living in exile here since 1994.
The 51-year-old writer had applied for a resident permit and the Home Ministry granted her the same type of visa but only for two months beginning August 1.
A verification process of Nasreen’s visa application has also been initiated by the government and the two-month visa has been given pending a decision on the longer-term visa.
“After the verification process is completed, we will take an appropriate decision,” a Home Ministry official said.
Upset over India’s decision to grant her 2-month visa, Nasreen, who had to leave Bangladesh in 1994 in the wake of death threat by fundamentalist outfits for her alleged anti-Islamic views, said the decision was “beyond my imagination”.