21 October, 2020

‘I Am Surprised And Shocked By Taslima’s Allegation’

“Lately, Taslima has been feeling very neglected. Something sensational like this was sure to bring the focus back on herself.”

Sandipan Chatterjee
‘I Am Surprised And Shocked By Taslima’s Allegation’

This week, Taslima Nasreen created controversy not by writing but by tweeting. In a Twitter post, the exiled Bangladeshi feminist writer made the explosive claim that renowned Bengali writer and Sahitya Akademi president Sunil Gangopadhyay had sexually harassed her and other women taking advantage of his powerful position in the literary world. Sunil Gangopadhyay reacted to these allegations in an exclusive interview to Dola Mitra. Excerpts.

Taslima Nasreen has accused you of sexually harassing her and other women....

I think reacting to her comments would give her undue importance. But I want to ask, did this sexual harassment take place now? Why didn’t she complain when it happened? Why is she suddenly raising the issue now?

She says that it is entirely a woman’s prerogative when she wants to make a complaint.

It is very easy for her to cry rape and molestation now. But Taslima was very close to me and we spent a lot of time together. She...



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