At least 10 people of religious minority communities were killed and 9,566 individuals, families and institutions were attacked in 732 incidents of human rights violation in the first three months of this year, said a report.Last year, number of such incidents was just 261 while the number of attacked individuals, families and institutions were 1,562, said the report disclosed by Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council.
The association unveiled the report at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) yesterday.
The report said during the first three months of the year, 10 people were killed, 4 received death threats, 366 were injured, 4 women were raped, 4 were gang raped, around 638 houses, residential houses and business entities were attacked, vandalised and looted. 17 temples of the country were attacked, 40 idols were vandalised and 9 idols were stolen. 2 people were abducted and converted to other region.
On 18 March, 2016 a hundred years old Buddhist monastery in Kalapara of Patuakhali was destroyed to grab the abbey’s land.
On 11 March, a hindu pregnant women in Tangail was abducted and converted to Islam while in Narayanganj a hindu girl were raped converted to Islam on 13 of the same month. The parents of the victim received death threat from the culprits in case they informed police.
Besides, 22 families were given threat to leave the country. Among them 20 families from a single village in Pirojpur were given threat to leave country. Already a local AL leader has grabbed 7 acres land of those families who were asked leave the country and asked to go to India.
Rana Das Gupta, general secretary of the council, during the incidents the miscreants used their political power while administration did not help the victims
During elections hindu people had been attacked by BNP-Jamaat activists as they took it granted that hindus support Awami League.
“But during the UP elections the ruling party is attacking the minorities most,” said Rana Das Gupta.
He alleged that some of the incidents took place even in collaboration with administration people concerned
The information and data were collected from newspaper reports, case documents from police stations and the sources of the council. So, this might not be actual data as so many incidents were could not be reported, said Rana Das Gupta.
He urged the government and the concerned authorities to take steps to curb attacks on minorities, to ensure security and save existence of the minority people of the country.He also asked for formation of special laws to ensure safety for the minorities.