Tuesday 24 November 2020 ,
Latest News
13 November, 2020 06:47:05 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 November, 2020 06:48:33 PM

Print

Violence against minorities

The recent burning of an ex-librarian based on fallacious allegation of desecration of the Quran perhaps is the classic example of such cases. Following a meticulous investment of law enforcement agency it was found that there was nothing like that happened
Kazi Asszad Hossan
Violence against minorities

Bangladesh has long been the bastion of secular ideals. The secular credentials of Bangladesh are indisputable.

All of the religious and ethnic communities have enjoyed harmonious relations among them and peaceful co-existence has marked their interaction. However, of late the revival of religious bigotry and intolerance is unmistakable. The recent surge of repression of minorities can attributed to the negligence of rge government.

Communalism is the order of the day. In our neighbouring country, we can see the systemic repression of Muslims minorities by the right-wing BJP government. It turns out that communalism has spilled into Bangladesh also. If recent attacks on minorities anything to go by, the palpable sense of communal strife is evident. We have seen in last few days a spike in such violence. From torching the home of the minority households to forced circumcision, the indication is rife that Bangladesh is no longer a country steeped in secular principles.

Such brutal incidents make mockery of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s dream of a Bangladesh premised on secular principles where all ethnic and religious minorities can live without fear of persecution. In fact, one of the cornerstones inter alia of 1972 constitution is the principle of “secularism”. The constitution obligates the government to safeguard the life and heritage of the minority. However, the recent events and government apathetic response towards them belie the constitutional responsibility of incumbent government to protect the minorities from all kind of religious oppression.

What is behind such recurrence of such events? The answer to this question can be illustrated by an example. On October 30, 2016, a mob vandalized some 10 temples and ransacked over 100 houses belonging to minority Hindus of area over alleged defamatory facebook post.

Four years have passed. The woes of the victims have only intensified, no justice was ensured. Undoubtedly, there is a link between this event and the recent incidents of communal violence. One may regard two of the incidents separately. However, a discerning mind will easily understand that the former violence led to the latter. In the previous case, judiciary has failed to ensure justice to the perpetrators.

Emboldened by such lack of precedent of judicial punishment over such egregious violence, the new perpetrators are plotting new schemes everyday to oppress the minorities. If government fails time and again to mete out exemplary punishment to offenders and perpetuate a culture of impunity current condition will exacerbate even more which may lead to a disruption of the social cohesion in Bangladesh which has far-reaching effects for a country where many ethnic and religious peoples live.

Recently, we have noticed that capitalizing on incidents on France the bigots have rekindled the religious fervour which has led to such incidents. The country’s communal forces are hatching a deliberate conspiracy against religious and ethnic minorities of Bangladesh. Government has to tame the dogmatic clerics who fuel hatred against other communities capitalizing on such incidents in France. Government should, therefore, introduce a guideline to regulate religious sermon that incite violence.

More often than not, we see that such attacks happen based on fictitious rumors. The running thread across all these incidents is an incendiary post which hurt communal sentiments. However, after investigation following such brutal violence law enforcement agencies find that no substantial evidence which proves such line of story.

The recent burning of an ex-librarian based on fallacious allegation of desecration of the Quran perhaps is the classic example of such cases. Following a meticulous investment of law enforcement agency it was found that there was nothing like that happened. On the contrary, the victim in question was mentally troubled person and also a very pious person.

Moreover, we have also witnessed that such event were triggered by a deliberate inflammatory facebook post by hacking the facebook ID of the ingenuous minority person. Such act is deplorable to say the least. The venal bigots also manipulate the public opinion by selectively showing how Muslims are oppressed in other countries and sow seeds of divisions.

Besides destroying the social fabric of society, such acts also tarnish the image of the country to international community. Bangladesh is on the verge of becoming a developing country. However, such violence will erode the credibility of Bangladesh to other nations. In the previous year, Amit Shah of BJP had pointed to minority oppression in Bangladesh. Although Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdul Momen canceled his trip immediately after such statement, recent spirals of communal violence call into question foreign ministers’ self-righteous posture.

Moreover, government should come out of its lethargy and inaction and should introduce stern legal measures to curb such deviant behavior by fanatics. Verily, it is the constitutional duty of the government to protect the religious minorities. To this end, a separate ministry should be instituted which will deal exclusively with the issues pertaining to religious and ethnic minorities. Besides, according to the demand of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parshid, the government should institute a commission to bring justice to the perpetrators of such violence since 2012.

The writer is student, University of Dhaka. E- mail: [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own.

 

Comments

Poll
Today's Question »
State minister for power Nasrul Hamid yesterday said everyone to have access to electricity by June. Do you think the feat achievable by the timeframe?
 Yes
 No
 No Comment
Yes 47.3%
No 48.7%
No Comment 4.1%
Video
More Opinion Stories

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting