Non Muslims persecuted in Bangladesh: Human rights activist. By Afzal Masih
22 Aug 2003
Washington Aug 27: Accusing Bangladesh of persecuting the minorities, a prominent human rights activist has said attacks on non-Muslims have increased since October 2001 when the Bangladesh National party came to power in coalition with hard line Isl
Director of hotline Bangladesh Rosaline Costa a former nun now visiting US, told the Washington times that Bangladesh is now land of terror for many Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians citizens.
She told the paper in the Bhola Islands on the southern coast of the country 98 percent Hindu women interviewed " had been raped by Muslim thugs"
The Washington times points out that Amnesty international and the state department too have condemned the abused in Bangladesh though the state department says that the government respected religious freedom.
Costa contradicting the state department's stand and said the local police do little or nothing to investigate the attacks.
Sitangshu Guha a Hindu- American accompanying her in her tour said Bangladesh has become a breeding ground of militant Islam.