There has been an exponential rise of militant
Islam in Bangladesh under the patronage of the ruling Islamic
nationalist Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. The armed cadres
of her own Islamic nationalist party, BNP, and her Islamic extremist
partners in the government, the Jamaat-E-Islami, and Islamic Unity
Council, along with other militant Islamists are conducting barbaric
atrocities against the countries dwindling minorities. They want
to rid the country of its 20 million minorities thus transforming
it into a monolithic Islamic state, like Taliban Afghanistan.
The government harbours militant Islamists, Afghanistan veteran
Al-Qaeda Warriors, who are training Islamic jihadis in the country's
64,000 madrassahs. Please act without delay to (i) stem the surge
of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh thus preventing the country
from turning into another Afghanistan, and (ii) save the country's
minorities who are living there like caged animals or the Jewish
people in Hitler's Germany. In 1204, there had been no Muslim
people in Bangladesh, only the Hindu and Buddhist. In 1947, 40%
of the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and the other religious minorities
were residing in Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan). In 1965,
the Enemy Property Act was passed. It means if any one from a
Hindu family would flee to India, an enemy's country, their land
property would be confiscated. This Act still exists for the Hindu
in the name of Vested Property Act 1971: in the liberation War
with Pakistan, three million people were killed, 250,000 women
including children were raped, nine million people were driven
out of the country, 80% of whose were the religious minorities.(Hindu,
Buddhist, Christian) (Bangladesh: a portrait of covert genocide,
USA, p-iii) 1988: In 8th amendment, "Islam" was declared
"the State religion in Bangladesh." This has openly
pushed the people of other faiths in the second grade status which
is a flagrant violation of Human Rights.
An Exponential Escalation in Religious &
Ethnic Cleansing: A Glimpse of the picture of today's Bangladesh
(Last six weeks):
19 November: 11 Hindus were burnt
alive (including a four day old boy, two minor girls of age 11
& 7, one teenage girl (17) and a 70 year old man) at Banshkhali
in Chittagong, Bangladesh (All national dailies). Government is
trying to portray this as a robbery.
3 November: "Convert to Islam
in seven days or Face death", an ultimatum to Hindus by Harkat-E-Islam
Al-Jihad in Manikgang. The letter says: "Listen the Kafirs
(Non-believers), Jews and the infidels, you are living in a Muslim
country . . . Our mission is to annihilate people like you . .
. Our main objective is to exterminate people like you" (Sangbaad,
12 November: Gang rape, plucking
of both the eyes and killing of Radha Rani Saha of Thakurgaon.
Radha, mother of four and wife of Malin C Saha was gang raped
and then brutally killed. Police did nothing, no one arrested
although everybody knows Rafiqul Islam, Yunus Ali and Naziruddin
of Chilarong Telipara village did the heinous act of barbarism
18 October: Minority tribal girl
Bobita Rani Bobby was gang raped by criminals and as well as by
two police at Hatgangapara, Bagmara, Rajshahi (Sonali Sangbad).
14 November: 10 member of a minority
Hindu family stabbed in broadday light for resisting abduction
of an 18 year old girl Sabita Rani Mallick in Brahmanbaria (Vorer
14 November: 7 members of a Hindu
family abducted and two acres of land grabbed in Banaripara, Barisal.
Police did nothing (Sangbad).
24 October: Vandals raid temple,
set Lord Shiva's image on fire in Manikgang (Daily Star).
No actions taken.
14 November: Temple desecrated and
Shitala idol beheaded in Gouranadi, Barisal, none were arrested
28 October: A destitute Hindu widow
Kamala Rani Sarkar (60) of 41 D.N.Road. Nandipara, Narayanganj
was evicted from her own home, everything looted, deity desecrated.
Government official involved (HRCBM, Dhaka).
12 November: Torture of Gyanendra
Bain and demand of Ziziya kar (Infidel security tax) in Gopalganj,
08.02.1989: 400 Muslim from a neighbouring village
attacked Hindus at Sobahan village, in Comilla. December, 1992:
the Bangladeshi Muslim extremists attacked the Hindu. 15 Hindus
were murdered, 2,600 women were raped, and 3,600 temples razed,
200,000 rendered homeless, though 08.12.1992: In Bhola, 10,000
families rendered homeless. Several areas in Bhola became "Wasteland".
On 15.12.1992: Only in Chittagong, 700 Hindu houses reduced to
ashes. 02.10.2001: Purnima (a minor hindu girl) was gang raped
by BNP cedars and Muslim extremists. (The Guardian. UK
1 July 2002) on 11.10.2001: two women were raped in front of their
husbands in Khandazpur, Barisal. On 15.10.2001: Amnesty International
issued an Urgent Action expressing the fact of persecution and
protection for minorities. (No response so far they received from
the government). 03.11.2001: Within a month after the BNP came
into power, 4 million minorities were affected where 269 women
were reported raped (actual figure would be much more), 2,690
men and 1,430 women were physically tortured, 100 men and women
were kidnapped, 38,000 families disposed their ancestral properties,
155 Churches and temples razed and 4581 dwelling houses and business
On 09/03/2003 Tapan Vattachargee (Komor pukur,
Bagerhat) was killed and three women (including mother and daughter)
were gang raped by BNP caders (The Daily Janakantha, 24
On 20 August 2000, the distinguished Hindu-Buddhist-Christian
Unity council leader Advocate Kalidas Barhal two-times elected
ex-chairman, Chitalmary sub-division of Bagerhat District, and
vice Chairman of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council was shot
dead about 9.30 am by the Islamic terrorists.
On 16.11.2001: Hindu Principal Prof Gopal Krishna
Muhuri of Nazirhat College was brutally murdered.
In November 2002 two journalists from Channel
4 of the UK went to visit the victims of the attacks but Bangladesh
government arrested them and seized all their information.
Dr Sudhir Kumar Mukherjee, an octogenarian physician,
founding President of Khulna Division Bangladesh Medical Association
(BMA), President of Bangobandhu Parisad of Jhenaidah, President
of District Puja Observance Committee, Past President of Jhenaidah
Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council, Past General Secretary
of Chuadanga District Awami League, and an inspiring leader of
the minority community.
On 8 May 2003, Aratibala of Nathpara in Banshkhali,
her mother and her only child were burnt to death in the late
hours of the night by a Bangladesh National Party (BNP) cadre,
On 16 May 2003, an organised gang supported by local BNP burned
three members of another minority family in Potiya, Chittagong,
to death. (Reports Shahriar Kabir, Chairman, Bangladesh Ghatak
Daalal Nirmul Committee, The Daily Janakantha 21 November
2003). Srikanta Rakshit, an Engineer, in Chittagong, was abducted
and brutally Killed on 19 April 2003 (The Daily Star, 21
April 2003). Ukhia Chakma neighbourhood, district of Coxbazaar,
was burned and the village was made bereft of men, and women were
gang-raped. Principal Gopal Krishna Mahuri of Nazirhat College,
Chittagong, a renowned freedom fighter, a revered teacher and
a leader of the minority community, was gunned down at about 7.30
am in broad daylight by Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres. Buddhist
Monk Gyanjyoti Barua was murdered on 21 April 2002 by ruling coalition
cadres. Hindu Priest, Madan Gopal Goswami was murdered by the
ruling party cadres and the Temple looted and desecrated (The
Daily Janakantha dated 30 April 2002). Five professors of
the Chittagong University (CU) Chemistry Department, who are from
the religious minority community, were asked by the Chittagong
branch of an organisation called "Islamic Solidarity of Bangladesh"
to leave the country immediately. They were threatened with death,
at any time and at any place, if they fail to leave the country
immediately (The Daily Janakantha, September 5, 2002).
Amar Das was killed on 11 December 2003, in
Chittagong police (DB) while he was in custody because of unbearable
torture by the authority.
On 27 October 2002 in the morning Swapan Kumar
Goshami (37) a popular Hindu teacher of Laboratory High School
(Dhaka) was brutally killed by terrorists (Surma, 1 November 2002,
London) Mr Bina a Hindu prominent School Teacher was murdered
in daylight in Dhaka.
29.05.2002: In Bashkhali 500 women were raped
and assaulted, the minority is the main target. December, 2002:
18 people were killed and over 200 were injured after a bomb explosion
in a cinema hall populated by 2,000 people in Mymensingh, Bangladesh,
for which Al-Queda were suspected. By March, 2003: within these
17 months, (Present Government came in power 1 October 2001)gang
rapes, mass rapes, forcibly conversion to Islam, murders, ultimatums
made 100,000 minorities to flee India.
18.11.2003: 11 Hindus were burnt to death in
one family, where there were baby of four days to man of 70 years.
The Home Minister without any investigation made an unlawful comment
about this to escape their responsibilities.
A girl was raped and put into the earth until
throat. And so many similar brutal events of systematic persecutions
have been continuing for the religious minorities in Bangladesh..
On 21.11.2001: Faizul Haq MP said, "Bin
Laden is loved by the Bangladeshi people". Every one respects
him and considers him to be a leader of Muslims. In December,
2001: Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Khatib Obaidul Huq gave
a fatwa "America and President Bush is number one terrorist".
He said "The Americans will be washed away if Bangladesh's
120 million Muslims spit on them."
Persecution on Christians:
28.04.1998: The Muslim perpetrators attacked
on Christian community in Laxmibazar, ransacked St Francis Xavier
Girls' School, Holy Cross Church, and 200 years old Church called
St. Thomas. On 02.06.2001: On Sunday a Church in Baniar Char was
bombed, 10 Christian were killed, and 20 were injured. On 01.10.2001:
In Kodamatali and Foiljana Christian villages were attacked, where
attack is still now continuing. On 07.12.2001: A Christian woman
from Boraigram was kidnapped and gang raped for several days.
The attackers demanded from the villagers either 50,000 Taka or
a girl for each night. On 27:02.2002: In Foiljana village, Pabna,
Paul Baidhya (75) and his son-in-law Subal (55) were attacked,
beaten; both their arms had been broken. On 26.02.2002: A Christian
women in Rajshahee was raped by an Union Council member, who was
once again later on by Muslim village Arbiters given 25 lashes
and fined Taka 1,500 to cure her guilt of being polluted. On 05.04.2002:
Two Christian Mission were closed in Bandarban for the attack.
On 29.08.2002: Four Christians were seriously injured in Boraigram
village. On 07.03.2002: Pabuapara Christian village was attacked,
two were seriously injured. On 08.04.2003: On Good Friday, Natore
Mission was attacked, 25 people were injured. There are several
kidnappings of Christian women in Natore. Five Tribal Christian
were killed. No justices were received.
Buddhists: 23.10.1992 Sudarsan Barua was burnt
to death in Chittagong. On 24.03.2002: Ukhaiya Buddhist Temple
was burnt. A Monk was assaulted in Aburkil village and many others
were tortured. On 21.04.2002: The attackers sloughed to death
Monk Gnyan Jyoti after failing to occupy his Monastery, which
supported and accommodated 96 orphans. On 26.08.2003: In Chittagonj,
Labusari Buddhist Temple was burnt. Andha Kanun Temple was ransacked.
Other State sponsored activities:
Due to a continuous exodus caused
by blatant discrimination as found in countries where apartheid
was practiced or in Nazi Germany, forcible conversion, gang rape,
murder, desecration of places of worship, and eviction after looting
and razing of dwelling houses,the minority population which was
20% in 1972 is down to 10% today.
The government has seized 2.5 million
acres of Hindus' land (The US Department of State's Country Reports
on Human Rights Practices2001) by using an anti-Hindu or
racist law called the Enemy Property Act (Vested Property Act).
By sending Muslim settlers supported
by the armed forces to evict the indigenous people from their
traditionally autonomous region of Chittagong Hill Tracts, thus
changing its demographicswhereas the Bengali Muslims represented
only 3% of the population in 1947, it rose to an alarming 50%
in 2001 (The US Deepartment of State's Country Reports on Human
The armed forces systematically murdered
130 to 600 residents of Logang, Chittagong Hill Tracts, and then
burned down the entire village, on 10 April 1992, (Please refer
to the letter 17 honourable US Congressmen wrote to Prime Minister
Khaleda Zia in this regard, pointing out that there was a "pattern"
of mistreatment of the minorities in Bangladesh). Again, on August
28, 2003, Muslim settlers sent by the government gang raped nine
indigenous girls/women and burned down 400 dwelling houses.
In 1992, using the Babri incident
as a ploy the Islamists killed 15 minorities, razing 3,600 temples,
raping 2,600 women in December 1992.
Mass/gang rape has been the weapon
of choice because when a girl is raped the family tends to leave
for India to avoid its repetition. 200 Hindu women were raped
in one night at a single spot in October 2001 Hindu mother and
daughter are being raped together so they dare not stay in the
country. Even handicapped and 70-year-old women are raped.
The minorities represent less than
10% of the population but 98.7% of the rape victims are minorities.
The minorities are forced to pay
Minorities are a highly educated
section of the society. But they are denied access to positions
of power and prestige.
In fact they live in an apartheid-like
situation, which is directly linked to the rise of Islamic extremism.
A Worrisome Rise of Militant Islam
There has been a "Worrisome Rise of Islamic
extremism in Bangladesh" (The Wall Street Journal,
2 April 2003). Bangladesh has become a "Cocoon of [Islamic]
Terror" (The Far Eastern Economic Review, 4 April
2002). The chief of the Jihad Movement of Bangladesh (of which
HUJI-B is a part), Mr Fazlur Rahman, was one of the signatories
(together with Osama Bin Laden and his second-in-command, Ayman
Al Zawahiri as well as the chiefs of jihad movement in Pakistan,
Egypt and the Sudan), on the Declaration of War on America, in
1998. A Bengali speaking Islamic terrorist brigade of Ansar-Al-Islam
served in Afghanistan for Mollah Omar (John Walker Lindh, CNN-News,
12/20/01). Bangladeshis were among the 23 Islamic terrorists (who
sympathize with Al-Qaeda) who were recently arrested in Egypt.
Government reportedly harbors Al-Qaeda warriors (Time Magazine,
14 October 2002, and The Herald, 23 October 2002) and
Time' Discovery Channel). Bangladeshi Islamic militant group of
Jamat-Ul-Mujahedeen have imported at least a 225 gram ball of
uranium to make "dirty bombs" (Time Asia Magazine,
16 June 2003). The Assam Tribune (19 September) reports
that over 400 of the 64,000 plus madrassashs that Bangladesh are
being directly funded by Osama Bin Laden and that 25,000 youths
are being trained in those madrassahs to become members of suicide
squad. While the government has consistently denied the existence
of Islamic extremists in Bangladesh, the US Department of State
has declared Harkat-Ul-Jihad-I-Islami (HUJI-B), Bangladesh to
be a terrorist organisation on 21 May 2002. The ruling "Islamic
hardliners" of Bangladesh has turned Bangladesh into a stronghold
of militant Islam and an underground station for international
Al-Qaeda recruits (see The New York Times, 5 October 2002;
New York Post, 22 October 2002). They allowed Al-Harmine's
money laundering operations for the Islamic militants on their
soil. Recently 18 Islamic Extremists of the Jamia Islamia Nurul
Ulum Kawmi Madrassah, who confessed to the police to have been
trained in Pakistan, and to have fought in Afghanistan for four
years, was recently arrested in a BNP leader's House in Boalmari
(The Daily Star, 21 September 2003), a clear proof of the
fact that the government is Talibanising Bangladesh. The ruling
"Islamic hardliners" are supporting the 64,000 + 11,
000 madrassahs with public money and foreign aid. The Islamic
militants have bombed secular events like New Years' Day celebration
and movie theatres with the BNP led Government looking the other
way (New York Times, 8 December 2002). Former President
Bill Clinton had to cancel his trip to the national monument just
a few miles off the capital city for fear of being shot down by
the Bangladeshi Taliban's?
The Muslim extremists, pro-Taliban force and
the authorities will continue these persecution to the religious
minority until Bangladesh becomes a pure Muslim country.
The minorities of Bangladesh cannot survive
without your intervention. They deserve a permanent solution like
the Bosnians and or the East Timorese had.