Nationwide protests in Bangladesh over attack on Hindus

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Organisations across Bangladesh held protests against the attack on the Hindu community in the country. A protest march was held in Chittagong on Friday against the attack on the Hindu community and the ongoing killing of Hindu teachers and rape of Hindu women in Bangladesh, reported local media.

Hindu Sangbad, a Bangladesh news agency wrote on Twitter, “Demonstrations by various Hindu organizations in Shahbagh and across the country were also held peacefully in protest against the barbaric radical Jihadi attack on Hindus in Narail Sahapara.”

Earlier, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the government will ensure strict action against people who disturb communal harmony in the country.

The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also directed the Home Ministry to probe into the attacks and determine whether there was negligence in preventing them. The NHRC also said that the violence in a “secular country” is not acceptable under any circumstances.

According to ANI, the human rights body’s remarks came after reports of Hindu minorities being attacked in Bangladesh came to light amid rumours of alleged Facebook posts slandering Islam.

On July 15, the homes of the Hindu minorities were set on fire in the Sahapara area of Lohagara, Narail, reported Daily Star.

The mobs went on a rampage after Friday prayers, saying that an 18-year-old man from the neighbourhood hurt their religious feelings on Facebook. Locals alleged the post was made by Akash Saha, an 18-year-old college student in the village. They gathered after Juma prayers and protested in front of the student’s house, demanding his arrest, reported Daily Star.

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As he was missing, the mobs spread to neighbouring homes of Hindu minorities– homes of people who had nothing to do with the Facebook post. One of the victims of the rampage, Deepali Rani Saha, shared the ordeals of vandalization whose house was burned down, reported Daily Star.

“After one group looted all our valuables, another group came and found our door open. As there was nothing left to loot, they set our home on fire.”

“I don’t know how long this threat of violence will haunt us. Who will give us justice? Who will give us security? … If I were in the house while they set it on fire, I would have died. God saved me. But is this any way to survive? All I have now is the sari on my body,” she added.

Deepali’s property was among the three homes and dozens of shops that were vandalized or burnt down in Sahapara village, reported Daily Star.

The police detained Akash’s father Ashoke Saha on Friday to “bring the situation under control”, while they prepared to file a case under the Digital Security Act against Akash.

None of the attackers has been arrested yet, reported Daily Star.

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