KOLKATA, 2 SEPT: The Bangladeshi author in exile, Taslima Nasreen, today launched a scathing attack on noted author Sunil Gangopadhyay on twitter saying that he had “sexually harassed” her and many other young authors and poets. Sunil Gangopadhyay, however, dismissed the allegations and said these should not be given any importance.
Taslima tweeted: “Sunil Gangopadhyay is for book banning. He sexually harassed me & many other women. He is the President of the Sahitya Akademi. Shame shame!” Further: “Sunil Gangopadhyay asked former WB govt to ban my book Dwikhandita. Now he is speaking against book banning. Such a hypocrite!… No Bengali has courage to tear off the mask of writer Sunil Gangopadhyay, the hypocrite and women abuser.”
Dwikhandito, the third of her five autobiographical novels, had evoked strong protests in Kolkata on 21 November 2007. A protest rally turned into a series of street fights and a jittery state administration asked her to leave the city. A month later Taslima decided to remove the pages of her book containing controversial remarks.
When a lot of people tweeted her back today, she tweeted: “Reason Sunil Ganguly behind to ban my book, I was tearing off the masks of women abusers lyk (like) him. Sunil Gangapadhyay was the mastermind behind banning of my book Dwikhandita and my banishment from West Bengal.”
When contacted, Gangopadhyay told The Statesman: “Why is she speaking out so late?” He said he isn’t on Twitter, nor does he give any importance to such “baseless allegations”. “People tend to criticise good works more and praise less. I don’t want to react on this as it would give unnecessary importance to her blabber,” he said. Reactions by Twitter users to Taslima’s tweet were varied. One of them wondered why the Bangladeshi author had often been allegedly subjected to sexual harassment.