Plight of Hindus in Bangladesh : Over 20 Hate Crimes Reported in May’18

Hindus in Bangladesh are one of the most persecuted communities in the world. Earlier we made reports on “Plight of Hindus in Bangladesh: 55 Reported Hate Crimes in January-February ’18” & “Persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh: Over 50 Reported Hate Crimes in Mar-Apr ’18” following different media reports. Here is the report on human rights violations against Hindus of Bangladesh in the May’18 period.

1. Hindu youth was found dead after 2 days of missing in Habiganj District of north-eastern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal”eibela.com” has reported on 3rd May, 2018.

2. Hindu youth was stabbed to injured in Patuakhali District of south-central Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 5th May, 2018.

3. 7-year-old second grader Hindu girl has been missing from Bagerhat District of south-western Bangladesh, Bengali-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 7th May, 2018.

4. Land of a Hindu family has been grabbed by 2 Muslim land- greedy in Rajbari District of central Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 8th May, 2018.

5. We continue to follow the situation in Bangladesh with great concern. We know there has been persecution of Hindus there, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) made a tweet on 8th May, 2018.

6. Goddess Kali Idol was vandalised in Gopalganj District of Bangladesh, Bengali-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 10th May, 2018.

7. Muslim land grabbers vandalised goddess Kali temple in Baniachong sub-District under Habiganj District of north-eastern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Samakal” has reported on 12th May, 2018.

8. 10th grader Hindu girl has been missing from Bogura District of northern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 12th May, 2018.

9. Hindu lady teacher of a high school in Naogaon District of northern Bangladesh has been illegally suspended by Muslim headmaster, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 13th May, 2018.

10. Goddess Kali idol was vandalised, donation box of the temple was stoen in Nabiganj sub-District under Habiganj District of north-eastern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 13th May, 2018.

11. Hindus demand justice as Muslim land grabbers have grabbed land of Hindus & journalist son of the land owner has been tricked into a drug case with indirect help of police, Bengali-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Janakantha” has reported on 14th May, 2018.

12. Hindu man committed suicide after being denied from teacher-ship of a University in Bangladesh in spite of his top score, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Jugantor” has reported on 16th May, 2018.

13. Muslim leaders & activists of ruling party Bangladesh Awami League have grabbed 65 decimals Hindu land in Tangail District of central Bangladesh. “Malauner baccha (Son of accursed, it is used as an ethnic slur by the Muslims in Bengal for Hindus) withdraw the case if you want to live in Bangladesh” threatened Muslim ruling party men.  Bengali-language online newsportal “Poriborton” has reported on 18th May, 2018.

14. Hindu people of Bangladesh are fearing pre-election violence, English-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 18th May, 2018.

15. A Hindu family has left home amid death threat for land by ruling party Bangladesh Awami League activist Shahid Shikdar backed by Modasser Hossain, Bangladesh Awami League-supported union council chairman in Jhenaidah District of southwestern Bangladesh, English-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 21st May, 2018.

16. Barbaric attack on Hindu housewife by Muslim men in Satkhira District of southwestern Bangladesh. Muslim men attempted to rape the dalit housewife & later they tried to burn out the family at night, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 23rd May, 2018.

17. Student wing leader of Bangladesh’s current ruling party Ataur Rahman Selim & his men have been trying to evict a Hindu family in Habiganj District of north-east Bangladesh, also attempted to grab their lands and forced them to convert in Islam, English-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 25th May, 2018.

18. A fifth-grader Hindu girl was gang-raped after she went to visit her relative’s house in Manikganj District of central Bangladesh with her father to enjoy a Hindu religious ritual. The victim was raped by Jasim Miah’s 20-year-old son Jony to a nearby field. Later, Jony was joined by 26-year-old Rubel and 25-year-old Shahidul Islam in gang-raping the minor. The perpetrators were caught red-handed by locals, but they were soon let go. Local union council member Mujibur Rahman and other influential people tried to pressure the victim’s family into silence. They tried to come to a settlement with the victim’s family by offering them Tk1 lakh. When none of this worked, they threatened the victim’s family, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dhaka Tribune” has reported on 25th May, 2018.

19. 14-year-old Hindu girl has been abducted from Narail District of south-western Bangladesh by 5-6 Muslim abductors, Bengali-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dainik Janata” has reported on 27th May, 2018.

20. Hindus formed a human chain to protest harassment in Khulna District of Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 28th May, 2018.

21. Hindu college teacher was hacked by Muslim boys in Khulna District of Bangladesh, popular bilingual newsportal of Bangladesh “Bangla Tribune” has reported on it’s Bengali edition on 30th May, 2018.

22. Bangladesh has failed to protect religious minorities: Says US report, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Prothom Alo” has reported on 30th May, 2018.

23. Hindu student of Chittagong University has been missing for 6 months, popular bilingual newsportal of Bangladesh “banglanews24.com” has reported on it’s Bengali edition on 31st May, 2018.

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


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