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Violence against Hindus: No let-up in protests

  • Published at 11:12 pm October 23rd, 2021
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Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council blocks the Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka as a part of a demonstration against communal violence on Saturday, October 23, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The demonstrations ran from 6am till 12pm


Nationwide protests over attacks on the Hindu community during and after the Durga Puja celebrations continued on Saturday

The Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council organized protests in several districts, including at Dhaka’s Shahbagh, with thousands in attendance. The demonstrations ran from 6am to 12 noon. 

Protestors demanded justice for the victims of the violence and punishment of perpetrators of the communal violence. They warned that they would continue their peaceful programs until the demands were met.

Taposhi Rani Sarkar, president of Hindu Buddhist Christian Mohila Upaparishad, said there would be no minorities left in Bangladesh if communal attacks continued to take place.

“The recent attacks were planned. The attackers’ goal was to incite Hindu-Muslim communal riots,” Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD) leader Hasanul Haque Inu told the rally at Shahbagh.

The Hindu leader also urged the government to enact a law specifically for the protection of minorities

Police stand guard as people blockade the Shahbag intersection in Dhaka in protest of the recent attacks on the Hindu community, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury called for a swift ensuring of justice for the victims.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Iskcon General Secretary Charu Chanda Das said attacks on Hindu establishments were not something new in Bangladesh. The recent attacks could have been prevented had the perpetrators of previous attacks been brought to justice.

Citizens for Good Governance (SHUJAN) organized a human chain at Manik Mia Avenue in Dhaka and reiterated its five-point demand. 

The demands include the immediate punishment of those involved in the violence and the formation of a neutral investigation committee, removal of provisions from the constitution that conflict with secular policy, banning religion-based politics in Bangladesh, adding the subject of harmony and respect for other religions in textbooks, and taking steps against the spread of rumours and hatred on Facebook.

SHUJAN Secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said: “No one is safe. Due to the culture of impunity, blaming each other and biased behaviour, communal violence is happening again and again. Most of the attackers were young, so we need to get our young people out of communal vengeance.”

Hunger strikes and protests were also reported from Sylhet, Sirajganj, Kishoreganj, Noakhali, Tangail, Dinajpur, Barisal and Manikganj.

Barisal City Corporation Mayor Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah called for a united front against the vested quarters trying to disrupt the country’s development by indulging in communal violence.

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