Dhaka: Bangladesh, a neighbouring country that gained independence in 1971 with India's help by fighting against the tyranny of Pakistan's military government, was very vocal about minority rights during Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, but is now criticized all over the world for its violent attacks against the minority Hindu community. The United Nations has even demanded the Bangladesh government to take strict steps to prevent violence against minority Hindus. At least 6 people have been killed and several others injured in these latest incidents of violence. Many puja pandals have been attacked while many Hindu villages have been burnt down.
This period of violence began in this neighbouring country of India on October 13, when Hindus living all over the world, including India, were engrossed in the celebration of the worship of Goddess Durga on the occasion of Navratri. At that time, a mob was instigated against Hindus by resorting to a religious rumour in Komilla, 100 kilometres from Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, and Durga puja pandals, temples and houses of Hindus were attacked, ransacked and set on fire. According to AKS, a minority rights organization in Bangladesh, there have been 3,679 attacks on minorities in Bangladesh the last 9 years. During this time 1,678 cases were then registered of vandalism and armed attacks in religious places. At the same time, there were frequent attacks targeting Hindus, including house-to-house vandalism and arson. Especially after the victory of the Awami League in the 2014 elections, violent incidents took place on a large scale, targeting the Hindu community. In 9 years, 11 people from the Hindu community were killed and 862 injured in these attacks.
The Hindu population in Bangladesh is about 8.5 per cent. Sheikh Hasina's party Awami League relations are considered good for India. The Hindu community's vote is also traditionally considered fixed for the Awami League. The hardcore policies of organizations such as the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami are considered harmful to the minority community. That is why the Awami League government is looking at the angle of conspiracy behind these attacks before the elections.