At least 17 people killed in sectarian violence during Covid-19 pandemic, according to Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad
Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad have announced nationwide rallies and sit in programs to protest violence against minorities on November 7.
In a press conference at the Chittagong Press Club on Tuesday, Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad General Secretary Rana Dasgupta said minorities “have their backs against the wall” and have no option other than to march forward.
He announced that the rallies and sit-in programs would be held from 10am till 12pm on the day. The protests in Dhaka will be held at Shahbag, while in Chittagong city they will be at the New Market intersection.
While reading out a written statement at the press conference, Rana said 17 people have been killed in sectarian violence the country in the seven months of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“Besides, attempts were made to kill 10 people. A total 30 women became victims of rape and three women committed suicide after being violated. A total 23 people were abducted, and idols were vandalized in 27 places of the country. A further 34 people were threatened and told to leave the country,” he added.
“This is not the whole scenario. It is a partial picture. Communal violence has now turned out to be an everyday affair in the country,” Rana further said.
“Vandalism was carried out at Borhanuddin of Bhola, Gangachara of Rangpur, Nasirnagar of Brahmanbaria, Chiribandar of Dinajpur, Santhia of Pabna and Ramu- Ukhiya-Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar through spreading rumours of defaming religion through hacked Facebook accounts and making fake screenshots. The culprits behind the misdeeds are eluding arrest,” he added.