Plight of Hindus in Bangladesh – Report of Human Rights Violations in November-December’18

Hindus in Bangladesh are one of the most persecuted communities in the world. Muslims of Bangladesh often rebuke Hindus as Malaun. The word Malaun is derived from the Arabic “ملعون”, meaning ‘accursed’ or ‘deprived of God’s Mercy’, and in modern times, it is used as an ethnic slur by the Muslims in Bengal for Hindus. Political leaders from religious parties frequently abuse the Hindus as Malaun during the election rallies (Source: Wikipedia).

However, since January 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 reported in the month of November-December’18:

November 2018:

1. Hindu community people in Nilphamari district of northern Bangladesh are passing days amid insecurity as a local influential man Joynal Abedin continues threatening them of dire consequences after grabbing a major portion of their century-old Hindu crematorium land, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 1st November, 2018.

2. Hindus have been facing eviction threat by local Union Council chairman (Panchayat chief) Abu Hena Mostafa Jaman Sohel in Lalmonirhat district of northern Bangladesh. “The Panchayat chief threatened us saying that he will pick our daughters” local Hindu people alleged, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 2nd November, 2018

3. The Bangladesh Online Activist Forum (BOAF) has called for ensuring the rights of religious & ethnic minorities during the national election of Bangladesh, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Dhaka Tribune has reported on 2nd November, 2018.

4. Land of Hindu goddess Kali temple couldn’t be rescued after 48 years of grabbing in Habiganj district of north-eastern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali news-portal, eibela.com has reported on 3rd November, 2018.

5. Hindu journalist was threatened & blasphemed by then Cox’s Bazar-1 constituency lawmaker, Mohammed Ellias, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Kaler Kantho has reported on 3rd November, 2018.

6. Someone Hifzur Rahman & his cohort attacked Hindu people in Chapai Nawabganj district of north-western Bangladesh, 5 people were injured, popular bilingual online newspaper of Bangladesh, Bangla Tribune has reported in its Bengali website on 5th November, 2018.

7. Hindu goddess Kali idol was vandalized, ornaments stolen in Dinajpur district of northern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali news-portal, eibela.com has reported on 7th November, 2018.

8. A Hindu schoolgirl named Joya Mondal was stabbed by stalker Habib in Dhaka city of Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Prothom Alo has reported on its English website on 8th November, 2018.

9. Hindu woman Aditi Baral was stabbed 3rd time, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Kaler Kantho has reported on 10th November, 2018. Earlier she had been stabbed on 3rd July, 2018 & 16th December, 2017. She is the wife of assistant commissioner (land) Ramananda Paul & daughter of Happy Baral, former MP of a reserved seat for women in national parliament.

10. Religious & ethnic minority communities of Bangladesh are in fear as election of the country nears, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 10th November, 2018.

11. On 12th November, 2018, Germany’s public international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle published a report on its Bengali website in Bengali language with the headline that can be roughly translated as “(national) election (of Bangladesh) is coming, fear is also increasing among (religious & ethnic) minorities”. In the report, it was also included that election invoked adversity for the religious minorities of the country. The report also reads “whoever wins or loses the polls, religious minorities have to imbibe mayhem. Hindu homes are torched. So religious minorities are worried ahead of the parliamentary elections of Bangladesh.

12. On 14th November, 2018, BBC published a report on its Bengali website in Bengali language with the headline that can be roughly translated as “5 major mishap in Bangladesh following fake news”. In the report, 2 anti-Hindu hate attacks were also included. One is 2016 Nasirnagar anti-Hindu violence & another is Gangachara anti-Hindu violence.

13. On 15th November, 2018, Kolkata-based trilingual online news-portal kolkata24x7.com published a report on its Bengali website in Bengali language with the headline that can be roughly translated as “Hindus are in the same darkness in poll-bound Bangladesh”.

14. Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council once again urged political parties not to give nomination in the upcoming 11th national election of Bangladesh to anyone who had been involved in repression of minority communities, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 16th November, 2018.

15. On 19th November, 2018, International news agency of United States (US), Voice of America (VOA) published a report on its Bengali website in Bengali language with the headline that can be roughly translated as “Religious minorities of Bangladesh are deeply anxious about security”.

16. Hindu Rohingya people (Hindu people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not Rohingya but the English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Independent wrote so on 20th November, 2018) in Bangladesh refugee camps are excluded from repatriation: Says Myanmar’s permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs, U Myint Thu.

17. 8th-grader Hindu schoolgirl Tamasree Bagchi has been kidnapped by Saddam Hossain & Sabbir Hossain from Bogura (formerly- Bogra) district of northern Bangladesh, Bengali language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Dainik Janakantha has reported on 21st November, 2018.

18. A brief about plight of Hindu community in Bangladesh, this piece appeared in largest circulating national daily English-language newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star on November 23, 2018 in its weekend supplement.

19. On 24th November, 2018, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Bhorer Kagoj published a report with the headline that can be roughly translated as “religious minorities (of Bangladesh) are in poll time insecurity, fear is not going by reassurance”.

20. The religious minority communities in Bangladesh are anxious about their security during the elections as their past experience hasn’t been too pleasant. These minority groups may face pressure and intimidation during the electioneering before the polls, Bengali -language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Prothom Alo has reported on its English version website on 24th November, 2018.

21. Justice has not been ensured to victims of communal violence. Waz Mahfil (Islamic religious programme) such a plan where hate speeches against religious minorities (such as Hindus) are delivered on the pretext of giving lessons on Islam: Said Bangladeshi writer & Committee for Resisting Killers & Collaborators of Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 president, Shahriar Kabir, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 30th November, 2018.

December 2018:

1. 1,792 persecutions on religious minorities from January 2018 to November 2018 in Bangladesh, claims national Hindu grand alliance of Bangladesh, Bharat’s English news-media, India Today has reported on its website on 1st December, 2018.

2. Bangladesh’s then (Hindu) Minister for Fisheries and Livestock, Narayon Chandra Chanda’s son-in-law, Probash Chandra Datta, also deputy general manager of Bangladesh Bank (central bank of Bangladesh), sustained bullet as 4 miscreants opened fire on him, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Observer has reported on 1st December, 2018.

3. Police rescued beheaded dead body of a Hindu tailor named Tapan Kumar Sarkar in Naogaon district of northern Bangladesh, popular bilingual online newspaper of Bangladesh, Bangla Tribune has reported on its Bengali website on 1st December, 2018.

4. Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council urged political parties to ensure proportionate representation of religious minorities in the parliament, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 2nd December, 2018.

5. Current governing party of Bangladesh, Awami League’s local municipality unit youth wing Hindu leader, Chanchal Kumar Chondo was stabbed & beaten to death in broad daylight in Rajshahi district of mid-western Bangladesh. The killers had blessings of Awami League backed local lawmaker Enamul Haque, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 2nd December, 2018. Later on 5th December, 2018, the newspaper wrote that the family members of slain Hindu leader, Chanchal Kumar Chondo alleged that police had altered the description in the FIR to protect real killers.

6. Hindu leader Dulal Chandra was threatened by someone Mobarak Hossain over facebook in Brahmanbaria district of east-central Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali news-portal, eibela.com has reported on 4th December, 2018.

7. Elderly Hindu man, Kashinath Haldar was beaten to death by a local loan shark, Abul Kalam for 15,000 Taka (currency of Bangladesh) in Pabna district of central Bangladesh, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 4th December, 2018.

8. A teenage Hindu girl named Aritry Adhikary killed herself after being humiliated by her principal Nazneen Ferdous and teachers in a prominent Dhaka school, Bharat’s English-language national daily newspaper, Hindustan Times has reported on 5th December, 2018.

9. 4 Hindu temples were robbed in 2 days in Moulvibazar district of north-eastern Bangladesh, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Dhaka Tribune has reported on 8th December, 2018.

10. Hindu school girl, Lucky Ghosh was stabbed by a group of stalkers led by one  Ashikuzzaman in Manikganj district of central Bangladesh, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 11th December, 2018.

11. At least 38 people belonging to minority Hindu communities were killed in targeted violence in Bangladesh during the January 2016-October 2018 period, according to a report by the Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) of Dhaka University, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 11th December, 2018.

12. Hindu married couple were murdered in Joypurhat district of northern Bangladesh, Bengali-language national daily tabloid newspaper of Bangladesh, Manab Zamin has reported on 20th December, 2018.

13. Murtis of Hindu Gods and Goddesses were vandalised in Shariatpur District of central Bangladesh, English-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, The Daily Star has reported on 21st December, 2018.

14. Hindu houses in Thakurgaon district of north-western Bangladesh and Feni district of south-eastern Bangladesh, were burnt down. There have been incidents of Hindu leaders being threatened, Bharat’s English news-website, Firstpost has reported on 27th December, 2018.

15. On 29th December, 2018, Bengali-language national daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Samakal published a report with the headline that can be roughly translated as “religious minorities (of Bangladesh) stay in fear when election comes”.

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

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