Plight of Hindus in Bangladesh – Report of Human Rights Violations in June’18

Hindus in Bangladesh are one of the most persecuted communities in the world. Since Jan 2018, we have been tracking the various cases of Hindu human rights violations in Bangladesh –

We have followed different media reports to collate these crimes. Here is the report on human rights violations against Hindus of Bangladesh in the June’18 period.

1. Hindu volunteers were attacked by former Muslim municipality chairman Kamal Pasha & his group when Hindu volunteers were repairing a pathway to Hindu crematory in Netrokona District of northern Bangladesh. Then attackers entered into nearby Durga temple & vandalized worship utensils, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Observer” has reported in it’s Bengali website on 1st June, 2018.

2. A Hindu temple has been vandalized, and an invaluable Hindu God’s murti made of touchstone has been stolen in Pabna District of north-central Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 1st June, 2018.

3. Three organizations formed a human chain in front of National Press Club of Bangladesh in Dhaka to protest attacks on Hindus, grabbing of Hindu homes, sexual violence against Hindu women and vandalization of Hindu temples in the following districts of Bangladesh -Chandpur, Gopalganj, Narail – popular bilingual news portal of Bangladesh “jagonews24” has reported in it’s Bengali website on 1st June, 2018.

4. A Muslim mob looted, attacked & vandalized shops as well as business organizations of Dalit Hindus; subsequently, the looters threatened to attack homes of Hindus & abduct Hindu women after a police complaint was lodged by the Hindus against the looters in Mymensingh District of Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 2nd June, 2018.

5. Miscreants set fire to a Vishnu temple at night in Barishal District of south-central Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Ittefaq” has reported on 2nd June, 2018.

6. A 16-year-old disabled Hindu girl was gang-raped by Muslim rapists Jamal & Arif in Cumilla District of Bangladesh. The girl & her mother received a death threat from the rapists after filling a case with Muradnagar thana police & subsequently, both daughter & mother have disappeared from the village. Accused Arif is son of former village council chairman & now local union chairman of ruling party Bangladesh Awami League, Samad Miah, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Ittefaq” has reported on 3rd June, 2018.

7. Hindu people formed a human chain to protest attack on Hindu man named Subrata Biswas to grab his land by Muslim land grabbers Ziaur & Millat in Narail District of south-western Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 3rd June, 2018.

8. A ninth-grader Hindu girl was forcefully abducted by Muslim stalkers from her home at 8 pm in Moulvibazar District of north-Eastern Bangladesh when load-shedding was going on in that area. Police could not rescue the girl after 4 days of abduction & case being filed in this regard, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Jugantor” has reported on 4th June, 2018.

9. An intellectually disabled Hindu teenaged boy has been framed as rapist by Muslims to extort money & oust a Hindu family from their native home in Sirajganj District of north-central Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 5th June, 2018.

10. A Hindu astrologer Chanchal Acharya was attacked & severely injured by Muslim attackers in Jashore District of southwestern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 5th June, 2018.

11. The Hindu chairwoman of Dhaka University’s Mass Communication & Journalism department, Professor Dr. Kaberi Gayen has received death threat letter from banned Islamic terrorist organisation Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). The letter reads “be careful Dr. Kaberi Gayen, get ready to go to Postogola Hindu crematory (One of the largest Hindu crematoriums in Dhaka). We are eagerly waiting for you (your dead body), Bengali language satellite television channel of Bangladesh “NTV” has reported in it’s Bengali version news website on 6th June, 2018.

12. A 3rd grader abducted Hindu child Jayanta Chandra Das was killed for 5 lakh taka (currency of Bangladesh) ransom in Narayanganj District of central Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Prothom Alo” has reported on 6th June, 2018.

13. 45% Hindus of Bangladesh are suffering due to non-implementation of vested property return act, says general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council, advocate Rana Dasgupta, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Ittefaq” has reported on 7th June, 2018. This news has also appeared in Dhakatribune.com

14. A Hindu owned hotel in Gazipur District of Bangladesh was attacked & looted, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 8th June, 2018.

15. Religious & ethnic minorities have been suffering from crisis of existence in Bangladesh, says general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council, advocate Rana Dasgupta, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Prothom Alo” has reported on 8th June, 2018.

16. Muslim terrorist Abdullah Al Mamun & his cohort have grabbed Hindu land defying court’s order in Mymensingh city of Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 9th June, 2018.

17. Alleged Sarbahara Party supremo Major (Rtd.) Ziaur Rahman Zia demanded levy from 10 Hindu families over phone call in Tangail District of central Bangladesh. If levy is not paid, members of those Hindu families would be killed, he threatened over the phone call, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Ittefaq” has reported on 9th June, 2018.

18. Hindu trader Ashish Kumar Saha was beaten & told to leave the country by Muhammad Don Islam, when Ashish Kumar Saha forbade Muhammad Don Islam to throw cow slaughter waste in front of his shop in Bogura District of northern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 10th June, 2018.

19. Influential Muslim man Manjurul Islam blocked drainage system as a result of which homes of Hindus were flooded & the Hindus were forced to leave their homes in Chapai Nawabganj District of north-western Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 10th June, 2018.

20. Murtis of Hindu god were vandalized, doors, windows, and other valuable artifacts of the Hindu temple were damaged at night in Munshiganj District (historically known as Bikrampur) of central Bangladesh, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dhaka Tribune” has reported on 11th June, 2018.

21. Five Hindu households have been attacked in Brahmanbaria District of east-central Bangladesh by a Muslim mob under the pretext of a trivial incident, leaving nine Hindu people injured including women, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dhaka Tribune” has reported on 12th June, 2018.

22. Members of the Hindu community in Barishal city of south-central Bangladesh formed a human chain to protest against the city corporation’s decision of leasing out a century-old Hindu cremation ground, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 14th June, 2018.

23. Ruling party Bangladesh Awami League backed Bangladesh primary teacher’s association Madhupur unit has grabbed land of Sri Sri Madan Gopal Bigrahamath (Hindu shrine) in Madhupur sub- district under Tangail District of central Bangladesh, Bengali-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Dinkal” has reported on 15th June, 2018.

24. Miscreants set fire to a Hindu temple & vandalized murtis of Hindu gods at 2 AM in Natore district of northern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 20th June, 2018.

25. Miscreants set fire to a house belonging to the Hindu headmaster of a primary school at midnight in Netrokona District of northern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Ittefaq” has reported on 20th June, 2018.

26. A Muslim sex predator & his family members physically assaulted a Hindu housewife & her daughter, and shaved the Hindu housewife’s head as she had cut the penis of the Muslim sex predator during a rape attempt & had filed a case. This incident occurred in Rangpur District of northern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Ittefaq” has reported on 21st June, 2018.

27. A Hindu widow & her 8th-grader daughter were gang-raped by 3 Muslim leaders in Kishoreganj district of central Bangladesh. Businessman Dhonu Miah & his brother, general secretary of ruling party Bangladesh Awami League’s local union unit, Selu Miah raped the Hindu widow & son of Selu Miah, general secretary of ruling party Bangladesh Awami League’s youth wing’s local union unit, Sumon Miah raped the daughter of the Hindu widow. The Hindu widow underwent medieval barbarism as she wanted to report the incident in public & file a rape case – many cruel wounds were spotted in her private parts. The hospital authorities did not help the victims to get proper justice. Police has filed physical assault case instead of rape case, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Jugantor” has reported on 21st June, 2018.

28. Radical Islamist groups have demanded that a Rabindranath Tagore bust be removed from a Hindu temple premises in Sylhet metropolitan city of northeastern Bangladesh, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 23rd June, 2018.

29. Angry students formed a human chain to protest restoration of fired Muslim headmaster Abul Bashar who raped a 7th-grader Hindu girl in Barguna District of Bangladesh, popular bilingual online newspaper of Bangladesh “Bangla Tribune” has reported in it’s Bengali website on 24th June, 2018.

30. Muslim land grabbers attacked Hindu land owners in Nilphamari district of northern Bangladesh, in which 10 Hindu people were injured, Bengali-language daily tabloid newspaper of Bangladesh “Manab Zamin” has reported on 24th June, 2018.

31. An auditor of Bangladesh Air Force Chandan Kumar Ghosh was killed by Hasibur Rahman Shuvo in Jashore District of southwestern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Jugantor” has reported on 25th June, 2018.

32. 7th-grader girl Sonali Roy has been missing for 75 days in Dinajpur District of northern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 26th June, 2018.

33. Kidnapped 9-year-old boy Dev Dutt was found buried in Kushtia district of Bangladesh. The abductors demanded 50 lakh taka over the phone for his release, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 26th June, 2018.

34. Scheming people have been trying to oust curd & flattened rice seller Pada Paul from his only earning source – a 50-year-old shop in Patuakhali District of south-central Bangladesh. Pada Paul said “they have been trying to oust me from the country too”, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reportedon 28th June, 2018.

35. Students formed a human chain to protest killing of a Hindu sophomore named Kalyan Sarkar Hridoy by Muslim headmaster Abdul Kuddus under the pretext of of drug abuse, as deceased Kalyan Sarkar Hridoy protested irregularities in the school done by him. This incident occurred in Dhaka district of central Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 28th June, 2018.

36. A 10-12 member Muslim gang attacked Hindu devotees in a temple during a religious function in Narayanganj District of central Bangladesh. At least 10 devotees were injured, including women, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Bhorer Kagoj” has reported on 28th June, 2018.

37. Massive thefts happened in 3 temples in a night in Narayanganj District of central Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 29th June, 2018.

38. Bangladesh Hindus have been demanding three-day government holiday in Durga Puja. Although multi-day festival Durga Puja is the greatest festival of the Bengali Hindu people, Bangladesh government grants only one day holiday on Bijoya Dashami (Vijayadashami), popular bilingual online newspaper of Bangladesh “Bangla Tribune” has reported in it’s English website on 29th June, 2018.

We will continue tracking the sorry condition of #HinduHumanRights in Bangladesh.


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