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Bangladeshi Hindus Under Attack, Temples Destroyed By Muslims


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Beth
- 639 days ago - zeenews.india.com
Dhaka: The revenge attacks on Hindus that began after a top Islamist leader was sentenced to death for war crimes continue unabated in Bangladesh with the government appearing to be in position to contain the violence.



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Beth S. (334)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:44 am


Dhaka: The revenge attacks on Hindus that began after a top Islamist leader was sentenced to death for war crimes continue unabated in Bangladesh with the government appearing to be in position to contain the violence.

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice-president of the Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced to death on February 28 for crimes including rape and murder committed during the 1971 independence conflict.

The death sentence to Sayedee and other JeI leaders has triggered the worst violence in the Muslim-majority country since independence; 85 people have so far lost their lives in the unrest.

Hindus, their houses and temples had come under attacks in districts like Noakhali, Satkhira and Sirajganj.

As per an organisation that looks after Hindu temples in the country, 47 temples and at least 700 Hindu houses had either been torched or vandalised by members of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir.

Jamaat, which is an ally of Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nation Party, has denied any role in the attacks, blaming supporters of the ruling Awami League party for the violence.

For the record, Zia has demanded that the government identify and punish the perpetrators through "neutral" investigation and compensate the victims.

"I called upon the administration and law enforcers to prevent such attacks on minorities with an iron fist," said Khaleda.

However, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni had said last week told diplomats last week that Jamaat and Shibir attacked Hindu temples and houses in a "pre-planned manner".

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Amnesty International has made an urgent appeal to the Bangladesh government to provide its minority better protection.

“The Hindu community in Bangladesh is at extreme risk, in particular at such a tense time in the country. It is shocking that they appear to be targeted simply for their religion. The authorities must ensure that they receive the protection they need,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty’s Researcher.

Hindus, who make up 8-10 percent of Bangladesh's 153 million-strong population, are traditionally seen as supporters of the Awami League, which brands itself as a secular party.

They were the main targets during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war against Pakistan and during post-poll violence in 2001 when a centre-right party allied with Jamaat won a two-thirds majority.

 

Barbara D. (78)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 11:40 am
No one is safe and nothing is sacred to these terrorists.
 

Carol Dreeszen (362)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 1:30 pm
There are no more words to describe the disgust for these people!
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:16 pm
I see....punish a criminal and we'll destroy you!
 

tiffany t. (148)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 8:30 pm
why are the peaceful groups always driven out, Tibetan Monks have been in exile for years
 

Ray C. (61)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:03 pm
IMO, if they were shot at birth, we would not have the problem in the first place
 

Glenn Byrnes (192)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 12:13 am
Noted.
 

paula eaton (30)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 12:57 am
This is not the first or last attack by Muslims. They are so intolerant and hateful.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:01 am
Noted.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:47 am
Truly pathetic and sad...........
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:28 am
Noted.
 

Rosa mc (47)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:30 am
Noted Ty
 

Sherri G. (117)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:37 am
Democracy cannot be truly attained until all peoples, both majority and minority, rights are protected and there is justice and law respected by all. America has not yet attained this ideal but America is founded on that principal. Temples and Mosques should never be destroyed and anyone who destroys one or the other is wrong. Justice and Fair Play must first start with respect for diversity. There is no justifiable reason to kill or destroy anything or anyone who does not agree with your point of view or beliefs. We must learn to respect peoples of diverse backgrounds, cultures, skin color, and beliefs.
 

caroline s. (79)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:29 am
Really sad...
 

Teri P. (106)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:54 am
Okay, let me see if I have this straight:

A man commits multiple acts of rape and murder.
He enjoys freedom after the fact, for over 40 years.
When finally brought to justice for these violent crimes, riots ensue, and another 85 people are killed.

Why?

Because the POS criminal is Muslim. Therefore, this sentence is a crime against Islam.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:21 am
UNGRATEFUL BANGLADESHIS.INDIA HAD LIBERATED BANGLADESH WHEN PAKISTANI ARMY WAS RAPING AND KILLING BANGLADESHIS.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:23 am
The 1971 Bangladesh genocide consisted of numerous atrocities and human rights abuses, beginning with Operation Searchlight on 25 March 1971 and continuing during the Bangladesh Liberation War, in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh.) Massacres, killings, rape, arson and systematic elimination of Hindus, political dissidents and the members of the liberation forces of Bangladesh were conducted by the Pakistan Army, with support from local political and religious militias.
Violence against women
Main article: Rape during the Bangladesh Liberation War

Numerous women were tortured, raped and killed during the war.[42] Again, exact numbers are not known and are a subject of debate. Bangladeshi sources cite a figure of 200,000 women raped, giving birth to thousands of war-babies. The Pakistan Army also kept numerous Bengali women as sex-slaves inside the Dhaka Cantonment. Most of the girls were captured from Dhaka University and private homes.[8]

Among other sources, Susan Brownmiller refers to an even higher number of over 400,000. Pakistani sources claim the number is much lower, though having not completely denied rape incidents.[43][44][45] Brownmiller quotes:[46]

Khadiga, thirteen years old, was interviewed by a photojournalist in Dacca. She was walking to school with four other girls when they were kidnapped by a gang of Pakistani soldiers. All five were put in a military brothel in Mohammedpur and held captive for six months until the end of the war.

In a New York Times report named 'Horrors of East Pakistan Turning Hope into Despair', Malcom W. Browne [47] wrote:

One tale that is widely believed and seems to come from many different sources is that 563 women picked up by the army in March and April and held in military brothels are not being released because they are pregnant beyond the point at which abortions are possible.

The licentious attitude of the soldiers, although generally supported by the superiors, alarmed the regional high command of Pakistan army. On April 15, 1971, in a secret memorandum to the divisional commanders, Niazi complained,
“ Since my arrival, I have heard numerous reports of troops indulging in loot and arson, killing people at random and without reasons in areas cleared of the anti state elements; of late there have been reports of rape and even the West Pakistanis are not being spared; on 12 April two East Pakistani women were raped, and an attempt was made on two others.[48] ”

Another work that has included direct experiences from the women raped is Ami Birangona Bolchhi ("I, the heroine, speak") by Nilima Ibrahim. The work includes in its name from the word Birangona (Heroine), given by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after the war, to the raped and tortured women during the war. This was a conscious effort to alleviate any social stigma the women might face in the society. How successful this effort was is doubtful, though. In October 2005 Sarmila Bose (a Boston, Massachusetts born Harvard-educated Bengali Indian academic), published a paper suggesting that the casualties and rape allegations in the war have been greatly exaggerated for political purposes.[49][50] A number of researchers have shown inaccuracies in the work, including flawed methodology of statistical analysis, misrepresentation of referenced sources, and disproportionate weight to Pakistan army testimonies.[51]
Violence against minorities

The minorities of Bangladesh, especially the Hindus, were specific targets of the Pakistan army.[9][31] There was widespread killing of Hindu males, and rapes of women. Documented incidents in which Hindus were massacred in large numbers include the Chuknagar massacre, the Jathibhanga massacre, and the Shankharipara massacre.[52] More than 60% of the Bengali refugees who fled to India were Hindus.[53] It is not exactly known what percentage of the people killed by the Pakistan army were Hindus, but it is safe to say it was disproportionately high.[54] This widespread violence against Hindus was motivated by a policy to purge East Pakistan of what was seen as Hindu and Indian influences. The West Pakistani rulers identified the Bengali culture with Hindu and Indian culture, and thought that the eradication of Hindus would remove such influences from the majority Muslims in East Pakistan.[55] Buddhist temples and Buddhist monks were also attacked through the course of the year.[56]

R.J. Rummel has stated that

The genocide and gendercidal atrocities were also perpetrated by lower-ranking officers and ordinary soldiers. These “willing executioners” were fueled by an abiding anti-Bengali racism, especially against the Hindu minority. “Bengalis were often compared with monkeys and chickens. Said General Niazi, ‘It was a low lying land of low lying people.’ The Hindus among the Bengalis were as Jews to the Nazis: scum and vermin that [should] best be exterminated. As to the Moslem Bengalis, they were to live only on the sufferance of the soldiers: any infraction, any suspicion cast on them, any need for reprisal, could mean their death. And the soldiers were free to kill at will. The journalist Dan Coggin quoted one Pakistani captain as telling him, "We can kill anyone for anything. We are accountable to no one." This is the arrogance of Power.
—R.J. Rummel, Death by Government[57]

Violence against alleged collaborators

In 1947, at the time of partition and the establishment of the state of Pakistan, Bihari Muslims, many of whom were fleeing the violence that took place during partition, migrated from India to the newly independent East Pakistan. These Urdu-speaking people held a disproportionate number in the new country's population. Biharis were adverse to the Bengali language movement and the subsequent nationalist movements as they maintained allegiance toward West Pakistani rulers, causing anti-Bihari sentiments among local nationalist Bengalis. When the war broke out in 1971, the Biharis sided with the Pakistan army. Some of them joined Razakar and Al-Shams militia groups and participated in the persecution and genocide of their Bengali countrymen including the widespread looting of Bengali properties and abetting in other criminal activities against them.[31] R J Rummel estimated that 150,000 non-Bengals were massacred by Awami League aligned militias, with a low estimate of 50,000 and a high estimate of 500,000.[58][59][60]

There are many reports of massacres of Biharis and alleged collaborators that took place in the period following the surrender of the Pakistan Army on December 16, 1971.[61] In an incident on December 19, 1971, captured on camera and attended by members of foreign press, Abdul Kader Siddiqui and Mukti Bahini guerrillas under his command bayoneted and shot to death a group of war prisoners accused of belonging to the Razakar paramilitary forces.[62][63]
International reactions

Time reported a high U.S. official as saying "It is the most incredible, calculated thing since the days of the Nazis in Poland." [64] Genocide is the term that is used to describe the event in almost every major publication and newspaper in Bangladesh,[15][65] and is defined as "the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group" [66]

A 1972 report by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) noted that both sides in the conflict accused each other of perpetrating genocide. The report observed that it may be difficult to substantiate claims that 'whole of the military action and repressive measures taken by the Pakistan army and their auxiliary forces constituted genocide' intended to destroy the Bengali people in whole or in part by the Pakistan army, and that 'preventing a nation from attaining political autonomy does not constitute genocide: the intention must be to destroy in whole or in part the people as such'. The difficulty of proving intent was considered to be further complicated by the fact that three specific sections of the Bengali people were targeted in killings by the Pakistan army and their collaborators: members of the Awami League, students, and East Pakistan citizens of Hindu religion. The report observed, however, that there are is strong prima facie case that there were particular acts of genocide committed, especially towards the end of the war, where Bengalis were targeted indiscriminately. Similarly, it was felt that there is a strong prima facie face that crimes of genocide were committed against the Hindu population of East Pakistan.[67]

As regards the massacres of non-Bengalis by Bengalis during and after the Liberation War, the ICJ report argued that it is improbable that 'spontaneous and frenzied mob violence against a particular section of the community from whom the mob senses danger and hostility is to be regarded as possessing the necessary element of conscious intent to constitute the crime of genocide', but that, if the dolus specialis were to be proved in particular cases, this would have constituted acts of genocide against non-Bengalis.[68]

Many international publications on genocide and human rights abuses classify the atrocities of 1971 as an act of genocide by West Pakistan.[16][17][18][19][69]

After the minimum 20 countries became parties to the Genocide Convention, it came into force as international law on 12 January 1951. At that time however, only two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council were parties to the treaty, and it was not until after the last of the last five permanent members ratified the treaty in 1988, and the Cold War came to an end, that the international law on the crime of genocide began to be enforced. As such, the allegation that genocide took place during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 was never investigated by an international tribunal set up under the auspices of the United Nations.

Although both Pakistan and its primary ally the USA have denied genocide allegations,[70] the word ‘genocide’ was and is used frequently amongst observers and scholars of the events that transpired during the 1971 war.[28][71] Even in USA, senator Kennedy charged Pakistan for committing genocide and called for a complete cut-off of American military and economic aid to Pakistan.[72] It is also used in some publications outside the subcontinent; for example, The Guinness Book of Records lists the Bengali atrocities as one of the top 5 genocides in the 20th century.[69]

On 16 December 2002, the George Washington University’s National Security Archives published a collection of declassified documents, mostly consisting of communications between US officials working in embassies and USIS centers in Dhaka and in India, and officials in Washington DC.[73] These documents show that US officials working in diplomatic institutions within Bangladesh used the terms ‘selective genocide’[12] and ‘genocide’ (Blood telegram) to describe events they had knowledge of at the time. They also show that President Nixon, advised by Henry Kissinger, decided to downplay this secret internal advice, because he wanted to protect the interests of Pakistan as he was apprehensive of India's friendship with the USSR, and he was seeking a closer relationship with China, who supported Pakistan.[74]

In his book The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Christopher Hitchens elaborates on what he saw as the efforts of Kissinger to subvert the aspirations of independence on the part of the Bengalis. Hitchens not only claims that the term genocide is appropriate to describe the results of the struggle, but also points to the efforts of Henry Kissinger in undermining others who condemned the then ongoing atrocities as being a genocide.

However according to Sarmila Bose, a senior research fellow at Oxford University, many Bangladeshi civilians themselves took part in the atrocities and Pakistani troops did not act alone. Her book has proved highly controversial within India and Bangladesh as the popular narrative she states within these countries is that Bangladeshi nationalists won independence in 1971 from Pakistan. She also stated that the death toll was highly inflated.[75]
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:41 am
The hindu's are spineless bastards who can't stand up for themselves.. this coming from a Hindu
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:36 am
In answer to Sherri Muslims will never be tolerant and never abide by justice or law only their own laws Most people coming to UK have to abide by UK law but the muslims think they can bring their own Shariah law here and it to be accepted I think they never should have given Muslims independence from India in the first place
they have been nothing but trouble Should have kicked them out and given the land back to the Hindus and Sikhs
 

Ms Noting Commentator (21)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:48 am
Noted!
 

Billie C. (2)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:09 am
castrate all muslim men outside muslim lands and this problem will be solved in a few years. the ones left in muslims lands can stay there and kill each other. they have always done that anyway.
 

Russell R. (87)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:52 pm
When will the Non-mullu Nations answer their prayers and grant them a fast access to Paradise. It would not be considered genocide, or ethic cleansing. It will be the answer to their prayer! We can't afford to wait for moham to come down on his white horse to take his followers to allah.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:31 pm
During the Bangladesh independence war in 1971, I remember the refugee stamp we used to have, the money generated from the sales of the stamps would go for the refugees crowding in the Indian side of the border. Also remember the fete in our college to collect money for the refugees. Democracy and islam cannot co exist.
 

Samantha Trosky (152)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:04 pm
There are some good Muslims out there and they are ruining it for everyone! Why must a few evil people have to hurt such peaceful people????
 

Stan B. (122)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:36 pm
This is what they would do world-wide if they could.
 

Beth S. (334)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:15 pm
Sam,

Yes, I agree there are some good Muslims around who are happy to live peacefully. But it's important to understand what Islam is and means. First of all, Islam actually means "Submission". It has nothing to do with "peace". The root word in Islam is "salim".

Islam is a supremacist religion, which means that by definition it alone must reign supreme and supersedes all other religions and prophets. It must bring other religions under subjugation and apply the laws of Dhimmitude (for "people of the book"), which are many, but for example, Dhimmis must pay a very hefty and humiliating tax to Muslims called Jizya. Dhimmis are not allowed to dress as nicely as Muslims, their churches must be lower than mosques. If a church is damaged, it is not allowed to be repaired. Dhimmis must move out of the way for Muslims to walk by. A Dhimmi may not ride on a horse and so on.

Islamists all over the world today are working on a number of things. First, in places like Nigeria and anywhere else in the world where there are weak governments and non-Muslims don't have access to munitions, militant, cruel and brutal Jihad is waged against Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jews, secularists, and the list goes on. This one article is but a speck of what is happening all over the world with Islam trying to take over.

Where the governments are strong and military Jihad wouldn't work, there is a vast network called Stealth Jihad. This takes place in many forms. First there is the "charm/propaganda offensive" that Islam means peace, and that Muslims just want the same religious rights as everyone else. When they don't get what they demand (separate prayer rooms in schools, halal-only meals in public schools, etc.,) they use what has been termed, "Lawfare", and that is usually carried out by the Muslim Brotherhood front group, CAIR, in the USA (Council on American-Islamic Relations). CAIR bills itself as a civil rights group, but it launches massive amounts of litigation to intimidate people and institutions into all sorts of things to get its way. It is fond of using the word "Islamophobia" when there is no such thing as Islamophobia -- an irrational fear of Islam -- because the more one knows about Islam, the more justifiable and absolutely healthy a fear of Islam is.

CAIR, as a subset of the Muslim Brotherhood, or the "Ikhwan" has had many people associated with terrorists in their ranks. The MB was started in the 1920s by a man named Hasan al-Bana, and the Brotherhood and the Nazis were great mutual admirers of each other. The Nazis provided the Muslim Brotherhood with huge sums of money, training for their fighters, propaganda and hate techniques. The Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and numerous other Jihadist groups and Islamists took up where Hitler left off and are dedicated to exterminating every Jew on the face of the earth. The MB's propaganda is directly taken from the Nazis.

Another popular form of Lawfare is because CAIR is so litigious, it has caused numerous universities, police departments, publishing houses, media, politicians, even the FBI, West Point to self-censor and de-couple terrorism from Islam. Therefore there are numerous cases of "honor killings", terrorists plots, rapes of non-Muslims, Islamic intimidation and violence towards non-Muslims, Jihad-motivated funding such as black market cigarettes, weapons, illicit drugs, blood gems, sex-slaves and prostitution rings, female genital mutilation, seriously dangerous corporal punishments in Islamic schools, welfare fraud, even multiple marriages, that aren't reported in the news for fear of the media being sued.

Unfortunately, most of the Islamic world has domination, the global Caliphate, and bringing the entire world under Sharia. There are massive amounts of evidence, much of it coming directly from Islamists themselves who say one thing to Western audiences and the polar opposite to their Arab and Farsi-speaking audiences. It's important to study about Islam, about the Qur'an and Hadiths and also understand the doctrine of abrogation. These means the earlier peaceful verses in the Qur'an were replaced by the more plentiful, hateful, brutal verses, which the vast majority of Islamists all over the world operate under.
 

Ray C. (61)
Friday March 22, 2013, 1:12 pm
they remind me of Ants, one working Ant come's into your Country for a qick visit see what they can get for free, then he go back, tell all the other working Ants, after which you 1milion and one working Ants coming into you Country, working the Benefit System, and the Health Care System, the only way to sort it, find the nest and destroy, this would include as I already stated shooting them at birth, that's the end of the worlds problems with Muslims

beside we must the face the facts, in the days of King Richard the Lion Heart, England and Europe were fighting the Muslim then, what change in that time not much only we are still them today, but I do find it very interesting in English History, it was the Pope who urged proud nobles and knights of Europe,

below is abit of history
Richard I the Lion Heart (1189 - 1199)
The crown of England passed from Henry II to his 32-year-old son Richard, a.k.a. Lion Heart. Richard I had spent six months of his ten-year-reign abroad.

Palestine was under the rule of Muslims in the 7th century. Christian pilgrims from Europe were not stopped from visiting there. During the 11th century, the situation changed. Palestine and the neighboring countries of Syria and Asia Minor were overrun by Turks from the great plains of central Asia. These Turks were Muslims, like the Arabs, but they were not so willing to live in peace with Christians.

In November 1095, Pope Urban held a Church Council at Clermont in France. Speaking with great passion, he urged the proud nobles and knights of Europe to go and free Byzantium and the Holy Land from the Saracens, as Muslims were often called. Peter the Hermit and the Pope started the first Crusade. Cleverly, Pope Urban II said that he would forgive the sins of all people who went and fought in the Holy Land.

Pope Urban urged: "Christ himself will be your leader ... Wear his cross as your badge. If you are killed your sins will be pardoned ... Let those who have been fighting against their own brothers and kinsfolk now fight lawfully against the barbarians."

As Urban spoke, there was a great shout of "Deus le volt!" (God wills it!). Knights welcomed heavenly salvation with their swords. All volunteers sewed large crosses on their clothing. Latin for cross is "crux," where we get crusade (war of the cross).

 

bob m. (32)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:44 pm


@ U.S... apart from their caste system, multi headed god ... the hindu perhaps is well affect through the millenia in terms of the memory ingrained in them of a small matter of 80 million of them disappeared after the invasion of the mordorian peaceniks from OZ (Mecca)....very nearly a complete victory by the the prophet of darkness and his merry band .
 

bob m. (32)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:35 pm


Why ;if the muslims were also victims of the military...are the MUSLIMS pissed now at this aresst and doing the killing ...I might add?.....ya...I know.. it was mossad... the zionist entity.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 5:42 pm
Noted but not unexpected.
 

Rin S. (10)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:15 pm
Noted, thank you
 
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