Intolerance is raising every day and in Bangladesh people are under attack only because of being religious minorities, we seek to provide support to minorities and indigenous people as they strive to maintain their rights- to the land they live on, the culture they are grown up in, equality in education and social rights. We genuinely believe that all human being should be treated with respects, dignity, and fairness regardless their religious or ethnic background.
We are a nonprofit organization and independent of any government or political interests or any kind of ideology. Our objective is to help religious and ethnic minorities to regain their rights that have been declared in the constitution of Bangladesh.
We seek to accomplish above-mentioned goals by enlisting human rights organizations and united nations.
When I was growing up, I saw minorities are tortured by Muslim majority in Bangladesh. During the independent war 1971 vast majority of Hindus are killed and some of them flew to India. If we keep an eye on the social media such as tv and newspaper, we can witness that a lot of religious extremism is taking place in Bangladesh every day. A lot of people are losing their property and business because of being minority mainly Hindu. Many houses and temple are fired and damaged only because it belonged to the Hindus. Many Hindus are losing their land and property every day. People come from minority background face a huge discrimination in the job sector. Even having more qualification than others candidate, very often they end up with not being offered the job only because they are from a minority background. Very often Hindu people are referred as ‘Malayan’- the curse of god. In this situation, i feel we need to make a one unity with Hindu people, we need to raise our voice. In this circumstances, 7 of January 2008 i established one organisation called Hindu Unity Organisation. Initially member of the organisation was around 25, Now it’s increased to around 95 people.
Hindu unity organisation
Established date: 07/01/2008, Narail, Bangladesh
Initially member of the organisation was around 25,
Now it’s increased to around 95 people.
Face book page: Hindu unity organisation
Website: www. Hindu-unity.org
President of the organisation: Judhesther das
Strategy: To make sure all of the minorities in Bangladesh living with human rights.
Objective: 1. To make sure all the minorities having their right to practice their own religion.
- To make no minorities are not forced to leave their land.
- To make sure temple and minorities house are not being under attack or destroyed by religious extremist.
- To make sure minority people in Bangladesh are enjoying equal right to education.
- To make sure minorities in Bangladesh having equal right to social; life and job sector.
While I was involved with the organisation, we found that some Islamic extremist groups are trying to attack minorities, trying to capture their land and properties. Our organisation took a firm stand against this crime. Therefore, all the members of our organisation were targeted by the extremist group. they attacked me and my family. My house was burned down and they kept trying to kill me and other members of the organisation. Though local authority was informed but they were not completely able to protect us as the extremist group is very large in numbers and they got a very big chain all over the Bangladesh.They also tried to stab my brother and injured him but fortunately, he was able to escape with his life. Then he flew away to India, struggling there to settle down. However, the extremist group kept threatening my father, mother, and other family members.
In 2008. I came to the UK for my higher education. After completing my higher education I went back to Bangladesh in 2013. I was expecting the circumstances has been changed as the government was trying hard to control the religious extremism all over the Bangladesh. But I was shocked to find out that nothing has been changed rather it has got worse. On 28 February 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, the Vice-President of the Jamaat-e-Islamito death for war crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Following the sentence, activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir attacked Hindus in different parts of the country. Hindu properties were looted, Hindu houses were burnt into ashes and Hindu temples were desecrated and set on fire. While the government has held the Jamaat-e-Islamiresponsible for the attacks on minorities, the Jamaat-e-Islami leadership has denied any involvement. Minority leaders have protested the attacks and appealed for justice. The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has directed law enforcement to start suo motu investigation into the attacks. The US Ambassador to Bangladesh expressed concern about attacks by Jamaat on the Bengali Hindu community
Attacks on Hindu minorities have been the work of extremists supported by the Jamaat . After the Judge’s decision to give the death sentence to Delwar Hossain was released, the Jamaat burst into riots against governments, as well as attacking minorities and local police. The attacks destroyed thousands of Hindu houses and temples. These attacks have been heavily criticised by the United States Government, as well as India and other peace-demanding nations and organizations. After the verdict, the Jamaat-e-Islami took to the streets in protest against the verdict. They attacked the establishment including the police, fire brigade, disrupted the traffic and set vehicles on fire. They attacked specially the Hindu minorities, destroyed their houses and businesses, vandalized their temples and set them on fire. According to community leaders, more than 50 Hindu temples and 1,500 Hindu homes were destroyed in 20 districts.