Plight of Hindus in Bangladesh: 55 Reported Hate Crimes in Jan-Feb ’18

Hindus in Bangladesh face systemic discrimination and hate crimes by Muslim fundamentalists almost daily. Few of these incidents get reported in media, few do not.

Let’s have a look at the attacks & discrimination against the Hindus of Bangladesh which took place in the January-February 2018 period, and were reported by Bangladeshi media.

January 2018

1. Land belonging to a Hindu lady was grabbed by a Muslim man defying court’s order in Naogaon District of northern Bangladesh, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 4th January 2018.

2. ‘Too little has been done for a Hindu lady freedom fighter Roma Chowdhury who has lost everything during Bangladesh liberation war- 1971’, national English-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 4th January 2018.

3. 9 murtis (idols) of Hindu deities and 15000 cash were stolen on 3rd January midnight from Chandranath Goswami monastery under Kishoreganj District of central Bangladesh, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Manobkantha” has reported on 5th January 2018.

4. Hindu fishermen’s hamlet was attacked by Muslim land grabbers in Chittagong District of south-eastern Bangladesh. 8 Hindu people were injured including women, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Janakantha” has reported on 6th January 2018.

5. Land of Hindu crematorium has been grabbed by Muslim cable operator in Barisal District of south-central Bangladesh, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 8th January 2018.

6. Goddess Kali’s murti has been vandalized in Narayanganj District of central Bangladesh, national Bengali -language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 8th January 2018.

7. Hindu fishermen have been attacked by Muslim mob in Narail District of south-western Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 9th January 2018.

8. Under construction building of a Hindu temple was vandalized for the third time by local Muslim hooligan Omar Khan and his gang in Chittagong District of south-eastern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 10th January 2018.

9. Hindus formed human chain protesting attack on a Hindu saint in Habiganj District of north-eastern Bangladesh, national Bengali –language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 11th January 2018.

10. Ancestral land of legendary Hindu freedom fighter & academic Anandamohan Bose, who founded colleges in Kolkata and Bangladesh, has been grabbed by 1971 Bangladesh liberation war criminal Muslim Amir Uddin & son in Kishoreganj District of Bangladesh, privately owned television network in Bangladesh “Channel i” reported in it’s website on 14th January 2018.

11. Goddess Kali murti was vandalized in Jamalpur district of Bangladesh, national English-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dhaka Tribune” has reported on 15th January 2018.

12. Shaimum Sarwar Kamal, an Awami League MP of Bangladesh, physically assaulted his old Hindu teacher Sunil Kumar Sharma in Cox’s Bazar District of Bangladesh, national English-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dhaka Tribune” has reported on 16th January 2018.

13. Muslims allegedly set fire to two cowsheds belonging to a Hindu family in Faridpur District, south-central Bangladesh. 13 Livestock as well as stocked jute and onions were gutted. Victims claimed that worth of their net loss was about more than one million, national Bengali –language newspaper “Bangladesh Pratidin” has reported on 16th January 2018.

14. A Hindu family in Barguna District of Bangladesh was repairing their old house on a disputed land after court’s verdict in favor of them, when rival Enayet Hossain’s gang asked them to stop which the Hindu family refused to do. Then Enayet Hossain went to local municipality mayor cum ruling party leader Anwar Hossain Akon. Mayor Anwar Hossain Akon with municipality officers and employees reached the spot and demolished the house. Members of that Hindu family were beaten up by the mayor’s men, national Bengali –language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 18th January 2018.

15. Muslim killers threatened a Hindu victim’s family in Lalmonirhat District of northern Bangladesh. Victim Ananda Barmon was strangled to death over a land dispute on May 20 last year & his body was dumped in a cowshed. 8 months into the murder, the killers are yet to be arrested, national English-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 19th January 2018.

16. Rise in attacks on religious, ethnic minorities in Bangladesh due to culture of impunity & delay in trials, national English-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 20th January 2018.

17. God Shiva & Goddess Kali murtis were vandalized by Muslim man Wali Ullah in Joypurhat District, northern Bangladesh. Local Hindus caught the accused during the act of vandalism & handed him over to police. They then took out a rally demanding punishment, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Janakantha” has reported on 22nd January 2018.

18. Goddess Saraswati murti vandalized, 2 Hindu youths beaten by 15-20 riotous Muslim youths in Brahmanbaria District, east-central Bangladesh for not allowing them to dance in Puja pandal, one of Bangladesh’s leading online bilingual media groups “bdnews24.com” has reported in its Bengali edition on 23rd January 2018.

19. Goddess Saraswati murti was vandalized by 2 Muslims youths Choto Sheikh & Omar Sheikh in a Primary School Puja pandal, Bagerhat District, South-western Bangladesh. Locals caught them & handed them over them to police. A case has been filed on this regard, national Bengali-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Bhorer Kagoj” has reported on 24th January 2018.

20. A poor Hindu minor boy and his mother were brutally beaten up by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami activist Shah Alam in Lalmonirhat District of northern Bangladesh, Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “Daily Jagoran” has reported on 25th January 2018.

21. Goddess Kali murti was vandalized and Hindu people were threatened not to be seen by Muslims who grabbed Hindu crematorium land in Naogaon District of northern Bangladesh, one of Bangladesh’s leading online bilingual media groups “bdnews24.com” has reported in it’s Bengali edition on 25th January 2018.

22. Attack on Hindu people, including women, and attempt to steal their cows & vandalize murtis of Hindu deities by Muslims in Netrokona District of northern Bangladesh, national Bengali-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Samakal” has reported on 29th January 2018.

23. Land of Hindu crematorium in Sherpur District of Bangladesh has been grabbed by a Muslim primary school headmaster Prince and another Muslim land grabber Abdul Hamid, Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “Daily Janata” has reported on 30 January 2018.

24. Dhaka University’s part-time teacher for Department of Television, Film and Photography as well as former Editor (in-chief) of national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Manobkantha”, Anis Alamgir had posted a status on Facebook about his lust for Hindu goddess Saraswati. Court ordered cops to record an FIR, national English-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dhaka Tribune” has reported on 30 January 2018.

25. A Hindu hamlet was attacked by Muslim land grabbers in Jessore District of southwestern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 31st January 2018.

26. Few murtis of Hindu deities were vandalized by suspected Muslim rivals in Faridpur District of south-central Bangladesh, one of Bangladesh’s leading online bilingual media groups “bdnews24.com” has reported in it’s Bengali edition on January 2018.

February 2018

1. House belonging to a minority Hindu family was attacked, vandalized, looted and grabbed by Muslim land grabber Hazrat Ali and his gang in Bogra District of Bangladesh, Bengali-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 1st February 2018.

2. Seven decimals of land belonging to a minority Hindu family has been grabbed by Muslim land grabbers in Lalmonirhat District of northern Bangladesh, English-language national newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 1st February 2018.

3. A Hindu girl, who was forcefully abducted on 27th January by Muslim abductors named Muhammad Sumon Hossain, Muhammad Akash, Muhammad Hridoy and others in Naogaon District of northern Bangladesh, is yet to be traced, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 2nd February 2018.

4. Murtis of Hindu Goddess Kali were vandalized in Tangail District of central Bangladesh, national English-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dhaka Tribune” has reported on 4th February 2018.

5. Homestead of a Hindu family was attacked and grabbed on 13th January 2018 by Muslim land grabbers supported by local union council chairman Dr. Abdul Rob in Narayanganj District of central Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 4th February 2018.

6. Land of Hindu crematorium has been grabbed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Muslim man Osman Gani Mintu in Satkhira District of southwestern Bangladesh, national Bengali –language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 5th February 2018.

7. Land belonging to a minority Hindu family has been grabbed by the Muslim Assistant Private Secretary (APS) of State minister for Women and Children Affairs in Gazipur District of Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 6th February 2018.

7. A Hindu housewife was raped by Muslim rapist named Muhammad Mahidur in Dinajpur District of northern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 7th February 2018.

8. Massive theft in the Temple of Hindu Goddess Manasa in Chittagong District of south-eastern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 8th February 2018.

9. Land belonging to a minority Hindu family has been grabbed by Muslim land grabber named Delwar in Gopalganj district of Bangladesh. Hindu people including women were also beaten up by the land grabber Delwar, one of Bangladesh’s leading online bilingual media groups “bdnews24.com” has reported in it’s Bengali edition on 9th February 2018.

10. Trees belonging to a minority Hindu family were cut by Muslim land grabber named Muhammad Shafiul in Dinajpur District of northern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 11th February 2018.

11. Tamil Hindu Girl Who was Converted to Islam to Marry Bangladeshi Muslim Man, Dies Mysteriously in Munshiganj District (Bikrampur) of central Bangladesh, Hindu Post has reported based off Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com report on 11th February 2018.

12. A Hindu family was attacked by Muslim land grabber for grabbing land in Shyamnagar sub-district under Satkhira District of southwestern Bangladesh. 3 Hindu women were injured, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 12th February 2018.

13. A Hindu family was attacked by Muslim land grabbers for grabbing land in Tala sub-district under Satkhira District of southwestern Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 12th February 2018.

14. A Hindu family was attacked, their house was vandalized and looted by Muslim youths in Mymensingh District of Bangladesh, national English-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 14th February 2018.

15. A Hindu jewelry trader was murdered as per a plan hatched by Muslim youth wing leader of ruling Awami League party, Saidul Haque in Comilla District of Bangladesh, national Bengali-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Samakal” has reported on 15th February 2018.

16. Hindu temple & murtis have been vandalised in Noakhali District of south-eastern Bangladesh, national English-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Dhaka Tribune” has reported on 15th February 2018.

17. Members of a Hindu family were attacked by Muslim land grabbers in Sunamganj District of north-eastern Bangladesh. 5 Hindu people were injured including women, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal eibela.com has reported on 17th February 2018.

18. A Hindu family was attacked, their house vandalised and torched by Muslim land grabbers in Pirojpur District of south-western Bangladesh. 2 attackers were nabbed, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Manobkantha” has reported on 17th February 2018.

19. Sub-district chairman of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, Beni Madhav Ghosh and Sub-district chairman of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Dilip Kumar Saha received death threats from banned radical Islamic organisation Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Kishoreganj District of Bangladesh, national Bengali-language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Samakal” has reported on 18th February 2018.

20. “Withdraw land grabbing case or leave village” Muslim union council member threatened a Hindu family in Lalmonirhat District of northern Bangladesh, national English-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 21st February 2018.

21. Murtis of Hindu deities were vandalized in Barisal District of south-central Bangladesh, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 22nd February 2018.

22. A Hindu high school teacher was beaten up by ruling party’s Muslim leader Shaheed Miah, Salam, Abul Miah and gang in Mymensingh District of Bangladesh, national Bengali –language daily newspaper of Bangladesh “Kaler Kantho” has reported on 22nd February 2018.

23. A Hindu woman was stabbed by her stalker & municipality secretary Abdullah Al Masum in Jessore District of southwestern Bangladesh, one of the most popular online Bengali-language newsportals “Bangla Tribune” has reported on 22nd February 2018.

24. Hindu home, temple was attacked, murti of deity was vandalised by Muslim land grabbers in Jhalokati District of south-western Bangladesh, Dhaka-based online Bengali newsportal “eibela.com” has reported on 23rd February 2018.

25. Hindus were attacked, homes were looted and vandalized by Muslim hooligans in Brahmanbaria District, Bangladesh for protesting their sister’s ‘humiliation’ by a Hindu boy. 3 attackers were nabbed, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 25th February 2018.

26. Hindu youth was allegedly murdered by his Muslim friend in Sylhet District of north-east Bangladesh, online popular Bengali-language newsportal of Bangladesh “jagonews24.com” has reported on 25th February 2018.

27. 2 temples of Hindu goddess Kali have been torched in Tangail District of central Bangladesh, national English-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Star” has reported on 25th February 2018.

28. 7 cows belonging to a Hindu family were looted on gun-point in Bogra District of Bangladesh, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Ittefaq” has reported on 26th February 2018.

29. A Hindu woman was gangraped by Muslim rapists in Sirajganj District of northern Bangladesh, national Bengali-language newspaper of Bangladesh “The Daily Prothom Alo” authority operated English website of Prothom Alo has reported on 28th February 2018.

We will try to make this a monthly report tracking the sorry condition of #HinduHumanRights in Bangladesh.

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