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Saturday, September 8, 2007

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Hindu women raped in Bangladesh: Mahila Parishad Report

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Source: The Hindu
Report: 'Hindu women raped in Bangladesh'

DHAKA, OCT. 24. A Bangladeshi women's group today said minority Hindu people in the predominantly Muslim country had been subjected to rape, looting and other abuse since a new government assumed office this month.
``We have come across at least 10 women from the minority Hindu community who have been raped by political activists from the ruling party,'' said Maleka Banu, general secretary of the Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (women's council).
``In one village, criminals entered the house of a Hindu family and raped a woman and her daughter simultaneously in the same room,'' she told a news conference in Dhaka.
Leaders of the council, including Muslims and Hindus, issued a statement describing other cases of abuse and alleging that police and local authorities had refused to come to the help of the victims.
``In one place, six women were abducted and confined to a hideout for seven days and raped by gangsters every day,'' the statement said. The group also reported torture, looting, arson and forcible eviction of minority families.The council demanded immediate action by the Khaleda Zia Government for the sake of justice and communal harmony.

- Reuters

Jamaat men booked for storming temple in Bangladesh

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Posted : Sat, 08 Sep 2007 05:35:05 GMT
Author : IANS

Dhaka, Sep 8 - Ten members of a local unit of Jamaat-e-Islami have been booked in Pabna district in northern Bangladesh for storming a Hindu temple, damaging property and threatening devotees gathered to celebrate 'Janmashtami', Lord Krishna's birthday.
There is tension in the area and more police reinforcement has been rushed, The Daily Star newspaper said Saturday.
One of the activists has been arrested and the police are looking for nine more at Bera Pora in Santhia upzila (sub-district) for the incident that took place Wednesday, following a complaint lodged by Pradip Kumar De, President of the Siddheshwari Puja Mandir Committee.
'Armed with sticks and sharp weapons, they stormed the Mandir and threatened us to stop the three-day programme. They knocked down the shed built for the guests, cut down trees and damaged the rath (deity's ceremonial chariot),' De complained.
He claimed the loss would be around Tk 30,000 ($500).
Locals said there was an old dispute over the land on which Siddheshwari Mandir stands. The suspects who have now been booked had a lease issued in favour of an Islamic seminary - Karamja Dakhil Madrassa. But in response to a petition by the Mandir Committee to rejecting the lease, the High Court has ruled for maintenance of status quo.
Santhia police have arrested Abdul Awal, one of the ten people booked. Sub Inspector Mizan said: 'We are trying our best to arrest the rest of the accused.'
There are 11.3 million Hindus in Bangladesh, forming 10.5 percent of the population, according to the 2001 census.
(c) Indo-Asian News Service