Hindus demand that harassment of Hindu students in Bangladesh in the name of Blasphemy should stop
This is a new type of jihad – ‘Cyber jihad’ – through which attempts are being made to ensure that Hindu students are given capital punishment by calling them anti-Islam and implicating them in false charges.
The Indian Government should take cognizance of this conspiracy and take steps to protect Hindus in Bangladesh.
Dhaka (Bangladesh) – In Islamic Bangladesh, the Hindu students are now being targeted in a new module of blasphemy to doom their careers forever. Fundamentalist Muslims are trying hard to bring a ‘Blasphemy Act’ as a crime of the highest order which will carry capital punishment. But for now, the Bangladesh Police is rampantly arresting Hindu students under various sections of the Digital Security Act 2018 and as its amended version in 2020 even when there are no sections that apply directly for committing blasphemy.
These events follow a common pattern. Hackers target Facebook IDs which have Hindu names, hack the IDs, and then using the hacked ID, post blasphemous matter against Islam in social media. Then the screenshot of the comments is posted on some social media platform to instigate the Muslim students as well as general public, especially those who have a radical Islamic mindset. Then the university authorities suspends the students and a case is filed against them under the Digital Security Act (DSA). As part of ‘Cyber Jihad’, Islamists now find blasphemy as another tool for Hindu persecution.
Six students persecuted in this way
1.Mithun Mandal, a first-year student at the Department of Finance and Banking
2. Tithi Sarker, a third-year student of the Zoology Department
3. Protik Majumder, a student of the Environmental Science and Disaster Management Department
4. Pal Dipto, a student of the Pharmacy Department
5. Dipti Rani Das, a student of a local college
6. Mithun Dey alias Piklu Neel
Arrest and persecution of minority Hindus in the name of the blasphemy charge is nothing new in Islamic Bangladesh. But, it is remarkable that in the festive session of Durga Puja (the biggest festivity for Bengali Hindus), six Hindu students, including two girls, were arrested on the blasphemy charge in the single month of October 2020. Bangladeshi Hindus are living under constant fear and face cyber bullying.
The emerging Act against Blasphemy will do the greatest harm to the minorities in Bangladesh. Hindu Existence Forum has demanded immediate release (and withdrawal of the suspension) of these six students either from Police or Judicial Custody in Bangladesh.