Emeute à Shimoga en Inde – mars 2010

Protests by Muslims leave 2 dead in southern India


1 mars 2010

NEW DELHI — Thousands of Muslims protesting a newspaper article they say was critical of Islam clashed with police in southern India, leaving at least two people dead and dozens injured, police said Tuesday.

One person was killed by police gunfire and another succumbed to injuries caused by rocks thrown by the protesters during Monday’s gathering in Shimoga, a town in Karnataka state, said Vinod Kumar, a police officer.

Nearly 3,000 Muslims took to the streets after a local daily published an article it said was written by controversial Bangladesh writer Taslima Nasrin challenging the Islamic tradition of wearing veils as an infringement on women’s freedom.

Police fired at the protesters and used bamboo sticks to disperse them, he said.

Authorities imposed a curfew in the town after protesters burned some shops and damaged dozens of vehicles, Kumar told The Associated Press. The area is about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) southwest of New Delhi.

Similar protests Monday were reported in Hassan, another town in Karnataka state.

On Tuesday, The Press Trust of India news agency quoted Nasrin as saying she had never written an article for Kannada Prabha newspaper.

« I suspect that it is a deliberate attempt to malign me and to misuse my writings to create disturbance in the society, » the PTI quoted her as saying.

Nasrin arrived in India last month and got her visa extended until August.

Kannada Prabha said that contents of the article were taken from a book written by Nasrin, according to the CNN-IBN television news channel.

Nasrin left Bangladesh in 1994 after Islamic extremists accused her of insulting Islam in her writings and threatened to kill her. She has lived in exile since then, mostly in Sweden, France and India.

The death threats came after an Indian newspaper quoted her as saying changes must be made to the Islamic holy book, the Quran, to give women more rights.

She has vehemently denied making the comments but still faces threats against her life from Islamic hard-liners in Bangladesh, where one of her books is banned.

Curfew imposed in Shimoga; ban in B’lore


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bangalore, Mar 2: Curfew has been imposed in Shimoga after violence protest by Muslims on Mar 1 over the publication of an article written by controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on burqa in a vernacular daily.

Police said that curfew from dawn-to-dusk have been imposed in four trouble-hit localities in old Shimoga.

Meanwhile in Bangalore, prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr.PC have been clamped by the Bangalore City Police for the next five days starting from Mar 1.

In an notification issued by the police, City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said that the ban will be in force till midnight of Mar 5.

According to a media report, cases have been registered against the two dailies for publishing article which has hurt the religious sentiments of others- Kannada Daily, which has published the translated version of the Nasrima’s article as well as an Urdu Daily which has carried a commentative piece on the writing,

Speaking on the incident Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who made suo motu statement in the state assembly over Shimoga and Hassan violence, said « the situation is under control now ».

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Rehman Khan demanded strict action against all those who published « provocative articles hurting the religious sentiments » without naming any publication.

The protest by the 1500 Muslims in Shimoga and Hassan who took out a procession against the article turned violent when the some protestors started pelting stones on vehicles.

Two people were reportedly killed and 25 people were injured in the violence that took place in Shimoga and Hassan on Monday, Mar 1.

Two killed as riots occur in India


Tue, Mar 02, 2010

By Tap Singh

Two people were killed when an article was published in an Indian newspaper offended hundreds of Muslim who then caused violence in the town of Shimoga, Bangalore.

Two men were killed in the riots of which one was shot by Indian police when trying to take control of the riots. The riots took place in India’s $60 billion outsourcing industry which includes computer networking management software to major call centers. If the rioting continues then it will have major effects on the Indian economy.

The article that was published was by the controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin challenged the traditional Muslim veil as curbing the freedom of women. The protest spread to the town of Hassan. The Indian police said the some Hindus tried to protect there businesses.

Nasrin later denied writing the article and said she suspected a deliberate attempt to disgrace her.

« The incident that occurred in Karnataka on Monday shocked me, » she told Reuters in an email.

« I learned that it was provoked by an article written by me that appeared in a Karnataka Newspaper. But I have never written any article for any Karnataka newspaper in my life. The appearance of the article is atrocious. »

She added: « In any of my writings I have never mentioned that Prophet Muhammad was against Burkha (Muslim veil). »

In 1994 a court told Nasrin that she had « deliberately and maliciously » hurt Muslims’ religious feelings with her Bengali-language novel « Lajja », or « Shame », which is about riots between Muslims and Hindus.

At the time, thousands of radical Muslims protested against her, demanding that she be killed for blasphemy, and some have continued to threaten her life ever since.

She then arrived in India on a temporary residential permit after spending roughly 10 years in the United States and in Western Europe. After arriving back in India a Muslim cleric offered $440 to anyone who was able to successfully humiliate her by blackening her face with shoe polish or ink or by garlanding her with shoes

Several of her books have been banned in India and Bangladesh as they have upset many Muslims.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 2 mars 2010.

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