A protest rally took place at the Parliament Hill of Canada , Ottawa on the 13th of November 2021 against inhuman atrocities on Hindus in Bangladesh which left at least 10 dead and 120 Hindu temples vandalized and thousands homeless .
Hindus in Ottawa having their genesis in Bangladesh and India as well as some moderate Muslims of Bangaldesh attended this protest rally On Oct. 13,2021 mob violence erupted in the town of Begumganj, Bangladesh, during Durga Puja, the holiest Bengali Hindu festival of the year.
The unrest was sparked by online rumors that the Quran had been desecrated when it was allegedly placed at the feet of the Hindu goddess Durga. Recent reports suggest that Muslim hard-liners may have used social media to provoke the violence, which killed two Hindu worshippers.
In the wake of the incident, attacks on Hindu sites swept across Bangladesh, with at least 17 temples targeted, homes ransacked, and several Hindus killed in other clashes police opened fire and used tear gas in several places to contain the raging mob., Bangladesh had to shut down mobile internet and deployed paramilitary forces to more than 35 districts to try to stem the violence Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also instructed her home minister to initiate immediate action against those who incited violence using religion as she asked the people not to trust anything on social media without fact-checking UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Mia Seppo called for peace, Twitting “We call upon Government to ensure protection of minorities and an impartial probe,” . “We call upon all to join hands to strengthen inclusive tolerant.” The United States has condemned the attacks on the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh.
“Freedom of religion or belief is a human right. Every person around the world, regardless of their religious affiliation or belief, should feel safe and supported to celebrate important holidays,” a State Department spokesperson said. Advisor to the Government of Bangladesh on Information and Communication Technology, Sajeeb Wazed blamed the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the outlawed Jamaat-e-Islami for the attacks against Hindus and their temples that left seven dead in twelve districts of the country in October.
Dr Gautam Ghosh , Political strategist , who was also the Election observer in Bangladesh from India said that there were about “3,679 attacks on the Hindu community since January 2013, including vandalism, arson, and targeted violence which are organized mainly by a number of radical Islamist organizations emerged, particularly in the last two decades.
Among the most prominent are Ansarullah Bangla Team, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). Little has been achieved to eradicate these fundamentals who are hell bound to associate Bangladesh with the Tailban and Al Qaida organization and to annihilate all moderates including the moderate Muslims in Bangladesh also.