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Violence against Hindus: SHUJAN presses 15-point demand

  • Published at 03:52 pm October 23rd, 2021
Gazipur temple
A vandalized Hindu temple in Gazipur’s Kahimpur bazar on Thursday, October 14, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

The civil society organization called for modifying of curriculum

A human chain protest was organized by the civil society body Citizens for Good Governance (SHUJAN) in Manik Mia Avenue to protest the vandalism of temples and idols of the Hindu community on Saturday.

Organizers urged communal violence must stop immediately as well as justice for the culprits declaring 15 demands.

Apart from immediate punishment of those involved in the violence through formation of a neutral committee, the 15 demands included removal of sects of the constitution that conflict with secularism.

Protesters called upon building social resistance against communal violence as well as taking steps to stop the spread of rumors and hatred on Facebook

Demands arose regarding discontinuation of the use of religion in politics and religion-based politics in Bangladesh, as well as addition of humane, secular spirit to the curriculum.

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Badiul Alam Majumder, secretary of SHUJAN said, “These incidents are a wake-up call for us and everyone must raise their voice immediately.”

Badiul also questioned the roots of these incidents.“Most of the attackers were young, so we need to uproot communal vengeance in the youth,” he added.

He said protests will continue until exemplary punishment is meted out to the perpetrators. “Only then, a change can come.”

Human chains were also held nationwide with cooperation from National Girl Child Advocacy Forum, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh Bikoshito Nari (Unleashed Women) Network, Youth Ending Hunger-Bangladesh and other like-minded organizations at the district and upazila level.

About 50-60 activists, members of civil society and various organizations were present in Dhaka’s event.

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