Bangladesh failed to prevent attacks on Hindus: NHRC

Source: News Bharati English08 Jan 2014 21:06:25

undefinedDhaka, January 8: Expressing grave concerns over deadly attacks on minority Hindu community during elections, the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission Wednesday said that the government failed to prevent attacks on the minority Hindu community.

"The minorities are being tortured across the country. The state and government are responsible for securing their lives and property," quoted commission chairman Mizanur Rahman as saying.

"The government is yet to take any effective step," he said.

The NHRC chief asked the government to give exemplary punishment to those committing atrocities.

“The government is giving us hope but failing to prove its mettle. If the failure persists, secular Bangladesh will be in danger,” Rahman said.

The NHRC chief appealed to everyone to go ‘all out’ to resist the communal violence.

However, prominent advocate and human rights activist in Bangladesh Shahanur Islam who has taken up several incidents of atrocities on minority Hindu community with the government has expressed displeasure over NRHC’s statement.

Talking exclusively to News Bharati, Shahanur Islam said, “We can not only be pleased with the statement of NRHC as we did not see to take any remarkable step to save the minority community previously. Now, we do not want to hear statement of NHRC only, we want to see some effective action”.

He further said, “NRHC did not demand to rehabilitation of the victims of violence by its statement, which proved their immaturity or overlooking the matter issuing a so called statement.

“We are gravely concerned and urged to the government to take rapid action to save the life and resource of minority community as well as their full rehabilitation. We also urge not to deliver figurative speech and assurances, rather bring the perpetrators before the book immediately arresting the culprits”, he added.

The religious minority community especially Hindu religion peoples have been being attacked, torched, looted and vandalized their house, business establishments, shops, temple and idol since last couple of days. During the election of 10th National Assembly as well as pre and post election time it has alarmingly been increased. Reports say Member of Jamat E Islami, an Islamic fundamentalist group and also member of Bangladesh Nationalist Party are directly involved in the attacks.

Bangladesh's ruling party Awami  League won one of the most violent elections in the country's history, marred by street fighting, low turnout and a boycott by the opposition which made the result a foregone conclusion. Some 21 parties, including former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party, boycotted the polls over Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's refusal to introduce a non-party interim government to oversee the elections. Despite of that the Awami League won 232 of the 300 elected seats.

(With inputs from IANS)