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Sudeshna Das | HENB | Delhi | Sept 1, 2022:: During her official visit (5-8 Sept, 2022) in India, Ms Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh will be busy for many programmes and to discuss on various matters with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials.
The Prabashi Bangyio Samaj (PBS) of Delhi-NCR, All India Refugee Front (AIRF), Kolkata and other Bengali and Refugee Organisations are ready take this opportunity to place their demands to Sheikh Hasina and demand her personal assurance to stop the continuous atrocities on the minority Hindus and Buddhists of Bangladesh.
In this connection, a sit-in protest rally will be held at Jantar Mantar (Delhi) on Sept 6 during the visit of PM Sheikh Hasina in India.
During Durga Puja festival last year 2021, there were about 200 incidents of attacks on Hindu temples and community throughout Bangladesh. Now Puja season is coming and already there have been a number of incidents of damaging Durga idols. Besides as many as 79 Hindus have been killed in Bangladesh in the last six months. In the last six months alone, there have been 501 organised attacks on Hindus, 56 temples were attacked and 50 idol thefts. In addition, 13 Hindu community members were raped, 10 were gang-raped, three were killed after the rape, 19 rape attempts, 95 were converted, 21 were tried for conversion and 63 incidents of hurting religious sentiments happened in the country. Hindu teachers are being beaten and harassed with shoe garlands around their necks. In Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gopalganj, Narail, Savar and many other places, one incident after another is happening non-stop. Bangladesh government remains a mute spectator only. Even the cases are filed by police, no conviction for communal harassment by Muslims taken place in last 50 years. In the Chittagong Hill Tract area Buddhist Chakma community is also continuously harassed, attacked and conversion is going on. The recent census of Bangladesh shows that percent of Hindu population has gone further down to 7 percent only.
The rights organizations in India concerned to the minority people also feel that Government of India has failed in its duty to protect the minority rights of Hindus and Buddhists of Bangladesh.
In a press statement, the organisers of the upcoming programme said, “While one comment in an insignificant TV show can organize a number of Muslim countries to threat India, our Government does not show that courage for Hindu cause. During the devastating attacks on Durga Puja festivals last year, the response of India Government was too feeble, even certifying Bangladesh Government for their nonexistent protective action. We expect Government of India corrects that stand and reminds Bangladesh PM her duty to protect the minorities. During this visit Government of India’s actions should also send a supportive message to the Hindus of Bangladesh”.
The organisers also want to remind Ms Sheikh Hasina that Bangladesh was created on the blood of thousands of Indian soldiers and 2.5 million lives of the Bengali Hindus. In the Jantar Mantar programme on 6th Sept, the involved organisations want to place their demands to visiting Bangaldesh PM Sheikh Hasina as below:
On behalf of the organisers Mr A K Pal of PBS (Prabashi Bangyio Samaj), Delhi – 9811625884 and Dr Mohit Ray, AIRF (All India Refugee Front), Kolkata – 9831085215 appealed all Bengali Hindus and concerned Indian to support the cause of persecuted Bangladeshi minorities by making 6th Sept protest rally successful at Jantar Mantar.
__Inputs from PBS & AIRF.