Atul Brahmachari | HENB | Dhaka | Dec 31, 2016:: At least 98 people from the Hindu community have been murdered and 357 others injured across the country till December 29 this year, says a report made by Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajote (BJHM).
Besides, 1,109 Hindus received death threat, and attempts were made to kill 18 others during the period, reports United News of Bangladesh (UNB).
BJHM Executive President Sukrtity Mandal revealed the report at a press conference held int Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Friday.
He said the report was prepared based on reports published in different newspapers and their community sources.
Terming the outgoing year as the year of torture on the people of minority communities, Sukrtity Mondol said many Hindu families were compelled to leave the country in the face of sufferings.
He claimed some 711 people either left the country or were threatened to leave the country. At least 165 Hindu houses were attacked by the same period of time, he added.
At least 141 temples were vandalised and torched while 209 idols were damaged and 22 others stolen. In 366 places Hindu worship were stopped in temples.
The BJHM president said 22 people of their community have also been missing while 38 people were kidnapped and 8 others are in jail.
The persecution data sheet of BJHM revealed that the fanatic Islamic zealots in Bangladesh tried or converted 1251 Hindu persons in different places throughout the country.
BJHM President Dr Protash Chandra Roy and Secretary General Ananda Kumar Biswas were present there among others.
It has also been reported that over 100 girls and women of Hindu minority community were either abused, molested, raped or forcefully converted into Islam or married after conversion.
Islam is the state religion of Bangladesh where the Jihadi outfits frequently challenged its Govt and free and democratic society for the establishment of Sharia rule there.
Many bloggers, free thinkers, atheists, human rights activists, NGO workers, non-Muslim religious preachers were hacked to death in the recent years in the hands of Jihadi outfits.
ISIS inclined Jihadi outfit attacked Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on July 1st, 2016, Friday where 20 persons were killed including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one US citizen and a lone Indian. Here, victims had been “brutally” attacked with sharp weapons in a very ISIS style.
The so called secular govt in Bangladesh run by the coalition led by Awami League is apparently failed to check these Hindu persecution in Bangladesh in the current year, in spite of meeting of the Prime ministers of two neighbouring countries (PM Narendra Modi of India and PM Sheikh Hasina of BD) on June, 2016 in Dhaka where they vowed to ensure the safety, security and rights of the minority people in the respective countries.