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ED: This has to stop

  • Published at 12:26 am October 19th, 2021
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DHAKA TRIBUNE

There have been homes burned down, places of worship desecrated, and some have even lost their lives

Another day, and not just another, but multiple attacks on our Hindu community. A group of people attacked Hindu homes at a village in Rangpur’s Pirganj upazila, with 65 homes attacked and at least 20 homes completely burned. 

This is just one of the many incidents of hate and violence directed at our Hindu population over the past few days. 

It was not supposed to be this way. With Covid at an all-time low in the country, and increased security ensured over the week of the Durga Puja festivities, our Hindu communities were supposed to feel safe. Instead, as the past few days have shown, they have had little reason to feel safe, or feel that they lived in the same nation as the majority. 

There have been clashes with the police, there have been homes burned down, places of worship desecrated, and some have even lost their lives. This is not the picture of Bangladesh, one that was built upon secular values, where people were to co-exist peacefully, where every person, regardless of their religious belief, was supposed to have equal rights, and the belief that they belonged to this land, with all the safety afforded to a citizen. 

Instead, it is clear that, despite the progress that we may have made when it comes to secular violence and communal harmony, we are very far behind. Social media has made things even harder, and it is all too easy to fan the flames of hate and magnify a minor incident into something that quickly gets out of control. 

Whether pre-meditated by provocateurs to destroy our communal harmony, whether the fault lies with social media fanning the flames and magnifying conflicts, or whether it is a failure of our law enforcement agencies to protect our Hindu and other minority populations, one thing is clear: This has to stop, and it has to stop now.

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