What Kamala Surayya revealed to Taslima

via HK Correspondent published on September 25, 2006

On 21st August 2006, Thaslima Nasreen, the famous Bangladeshi writer living in exile in India due to Islamic persecution visited Kerala on the occasion of the releasing function of the Malayalam translations of four of her books.


During her four day visit, the first thing she did after getting down in the airport was to visit Kamala Surayya (Kamala Das). Relevant extracts of her conversation with Kamala Surayya, blacked out by secular media, and published in “Theertha Saradhi” travel magazine is quoted below:


Thaslima Nasreen and Kamala Surayya  talked about many diverse topics including the sufferings of Thaslima Nasreen at the hands of her cruel husband and the lack of freedom of women in Islam. Thaslima told Surayya that Quran doesn’t give any freedom to women.


Thaslima: “Why have you committed this bamboozling error?”

Surayya: silence

Thaslima: “Do you regret for converting to Islam?”

Surayya: after a brief silence “Yes”

Surayya added that she doesn’t want to change religion any more and even the thought about that brings great fear to her as she only wants the safety of her children and grand children now.


Thaslima comments: “Surayya has realized that Islam is a religion which doesn’t give equality to women. She is now imprisoned in the cage of Islam. She has to break the cage and come out. She should be able to live as she has desired. She should be given an opportunity for that.”

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