Hindus face eviction and extortion threat by Islamists in Bangladesh

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Victim Hindu women at Patuakhali in Bangladesh (Photo: X)

In a harrowing incident that is unfolding in the Patuakhali district of Bangladesh, Hindu families in Ghurchakathi village are living in fear as they face threats of eviction and extortion from Islamists identified as Muhammad Harun and Al Amin. The perpetrators are demanding money from the Hindu families and coercing them to vacate their homes and lands.

Disturbing visuals from Ghurchakathi highlight the anguish of women who recount their traumatic experiences. One woman bravely shared that the Islamist leaders approached them, demanding a hefty sum of 1.5 lakh takas or forcing them to abandon their homes and property. Shockingly, the victims also claim that the Islamists have resorted to threats of sexual assault if their demands are not met.

Moreover, an elderly lady, visibly distressed, also expressed concern over the lawlessness prevailing in the area, questioning how they could seize her ancestral property, passed down from her father-in-law and mother-in-law. Apparently, the incident exposes the vulnerability of the Hindu community in Bangladesh who are facing constant existential threats at the hands of radical Islamists.

The plight of these minority Hindus is further exacerbated by the fact that the perpetrators often come from influential backgrounds, leaving victims with little recourse for justice. Complaints and pleas for help are frequently ignored, leaving the affected families in a state of desperation. This disturbing episode underscores the broader challenges and existential threats faced by the Hindu minority in Bangladesh.

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