Minority Hindus Targeted in Bangladesh


By Mohshin Habib

Hindu women in Banshkhali Upazila, Bangladesh surveying the remains of their demolished homes after being attacked by the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. (Image source: globalvoicesonline.org)

Hindu women in Banshkhali Upazila, Bangladesh surveying the remains of their demolished homes after being attacked by the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. (Image source: globalvoicesonline.org)

The leading newspaper in Bangladesh, the Daily Star, found that the page used to incite the attack had no links to the boy. The Additional District Magistrate to the jurisdiction stated that no one had found any substance to the claim made against the schoolboy.

The US Embassy expressed its “deep concern” about the recent attacks on Hindus and urged the Bangladeshi government to take action against the criminals and protect the rights of minorities.

Hundreds of Islamists recently stormed 26 homes belonging to minority Hindus in the Bangladeshi sub-district Santhia, and more in other areas. On the morning of November 2, 2013, a group of Islamists began distributing photocopies of what they claimed was a “Facebook page.” They accused a Hindu boy, Razib Saha, who was preparing for a Secondary School Certificate examination, of demeaning the Prophet Mohammad on that page. An hour after distributing the photocopies, the Islamists caught the father of Razib Saha at his shop and beat him. They then attacked and vandalized houses in the Hindu neighborhood, destroyed two shrines, damaged several idols and forced 150 families to flee the area.

Meanwhile, protesting against the supposed defamation of the prophet Mohammad, for five hours people from different villages blockaded the highway that runs through the area.

The leading newspaper in Bangladesh, the Daily Star, found that the page used to incite the attack had no links to the boy. The Additional District Magistrate of the jurisdiction stated that no one found any substance to the claim made against the schoolboy.

In another incident, a group of masked criminals attacked 18 shops belonging to members of the Hindu community in a rural area in the district Lalmonirhat. The attack was allegedly launched by the main opposition party, BNP, and its crucial ally, Bangladesh Jammat-e Islami, the largest Islamist political party.

The US Embassy expressed its deep concern at the recent attacks on Hindus in both the areas and urged the Bangladeshi government to take action against the criminals and protect the rights of minorities.

Transparency International Bangladesh, a body of the Berlin-based Transparency International, also expressed its deep concern about seven incidents that have taken place over the last few days. It said, “Onslaughts and intimidation on minorities for ill and destructive political purpose before the election are not acceptable.”

According to Hindu community leaders, so far, more than 50 Hindu temples and more than 1,500 Hindu homes were destroyed in 20 districts in 2013 alone.

Community leaders claimed that the Jihadi groups responsible for these attacks are funded by Hefajat-e-Islam, Jamaat-e-Islam and BNP. The president of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council said, “Conspirators are out to create a situation so that the Hindus can be attacked.”

There is a commoniy cited statistic that the Hindus of the country are roughly 8.5% of the population, but since 2001, the Hindu minority population of the country is noticeably vanishing. They have, however, been supporting the Bangladesh Awami League, the party that led country’s liberation struggle in 1971 against Pakistani occupation, and the leading party of the current alliance government.

The Awami League maintains good ties with India, a predominately Hindu country. The Party is considered a secular one, likely not to the liking of the millions of fundamentalists of the country.

Moreover, the government has initiated an International War Crimes Tribunal, in which nine members of the Jammat-e-Islami and two top BNP leaders have already been convicted for war crimes, and sentenced to life in prison or death.

The country is currently in deep political turmoil on the issue of election, scheduled for January 24, 2014.

It is a threatening situation for minorities, with the country’s Islamists repeatedly using the Quran and the name of the Prophet Mohammad as tools to incite the massive and combustible Muslim community.

In the last year, an estimated 25,000 Islamists attacked 12 Buddhist temples and monasteries and 50 homes in reaction to the alleged tagging of an image, supposedly depicted as a “desecration of Quran,” in the Facebook profile of a young man. Subsequently, several Hindu temples were destroyed and the violence spread.

4 thoughts on “Minority Hindus Targeted in Bangladesh

  1. DRUNK Pakistan Airlines PILOT JAILED!

    London: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot was jailed for nine months in Britain on Friday for being drunk before he was due to fly a plane with 156 people on board.

    Irfan Faiz, 55, was asked to leave the cockpit during checks for the flight from Leeds Bradford airport to Islamabad on September 18 because he smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

    His behaviour would have been permitted in Pakistan, where the rules state only that there should be 12 hours between “bottle and throttle” no matter how much the pilot had drunk, the court heard.

    Imagine that!! An Islamic country having a law of “bottle and throttle”!!

    What about the ordinary citizens….is there “bottle and bums?”

    What about their extremists, their terrorists……is there ‘bottle and blood?”

  2. Raj, this article has been produced by a reporter for :

    Gatestone institute : Articulates a need for regular practicing Muslims to retake the intellectual and ideological reigns of their faith away from political clerics toward a separation of Islamism from Islam and toward a purely spiritual Islam.

    Dr. Jasser, one of the board of governors, is one of the moderate, anti-Islamist Muslims featured in the controversial PBS film, Islam v Islamists produced by ABG Films, Inc. This film was initially banned from distribution on PBS stations as originally intended in the Crossroads program but was then aired in a limited distribution to some affiliates. It received national acclaim in its release on the Fox News Channel in October 2007.

    The reporter : Mohsin Habib, has written various articles against the extremist Islam, namely :

    Writings by Mohshin Habib :

    1. Minority Hindus Targeted in Banglades.
    2. Malaysia: The Word “Allah” Only For Muslim.
    3. Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology Condones Rape
    4. Solving the Problem of Child Marriage
    5. Brothel in Bangladesh Stormed by Islamists.
    6. Bangladesh: The Preachings of a Cleric.
    7. Pakistan: Violations against Christians Soar.
    8. Pakistan Bankrolls Terrorist Group
    9. Extremism Overpowering Indonesia.
    10. Blasphemy Laws Coming to Bangladesh?
    11. Muslim Persecution of Christians Escalating in Pakistan.
    12. The Power of the Islamists in Bangladesh
    13. Sharia Law Swallowing Indonesia.
    14. Ethnic Cleansing in Bangladesh.
    15. Indian Shia and Sunni Unite in Hating Israel.
    16. Kuwait: New Death Penalty for Blasphemy.
    17. Sensitive Muslims in the Religion of Peace.
    18. J.F.R. Jacob: A Man of Honor for Bangladesh.
    19. Murder in Bangladesh.
    20. Wife-Beating.
    21. Tunisia: “Kill the Jews”.
    22. “Is That Not Surrender to Saudi Fundamentalism?”
    23. Bangladesh: Heaven for Child and Women Hunting.
    24. European Court of Human Rights Protects Arch-Terrorist.
    25. The Other Two-State Solution: India and Pakistan
    26. The Invisible Minority of the Sub-Continent.
    27. Injustice in the Name of the Hajj
    28. A Story of Israel Hatred.
    29. How Moderate Muslims Get Trapped, etc.

    Raj, why don’t you copy paste the above articles, as WELL which may serve your copy pasting agenda, in spreading hatred toward Islam??

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    Tomorrow is the handing over ceremony. Carlsen is the NEW World Chess Champion and the strongest player who has ever played chess!

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