Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen joined on Wednesday those demanding the resignation of Justice (retd) Asok Kumar Ganguly as chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission. 

“I think he should step down because it is the Human Rights Commission… After the allegations that have been made against him, it is not in the interests of the Commission that he stays on the post,” Ms. Nasreen told journalists at an event here through video conference from New Delhi.

Interacting with journalists at the launch of the Bengali serial “Dusahobas,” based on a story written by her, she said that Justice Ganguly may not be found guilty but he should quit until the final verdict comes out. 

Her comments come a day after Justice Ganguly made it clear that he was not going to resign. 

Asked about the recent allegations against the journalist Tarun Tejpal, Ms. Nasreen said that what he had done was “wrong” and expressed the hope that he received due punishment. 

Even the educated and those who come from the upper strata of society could commit such crimes against women, she said in reference to the allegations against Mr. Tejpal and Justice Ganguly, adding: “It is not that they do not perceive women as commodities and do not disrespect women.”

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