At least 149 people of the Hindu community were killed in different incidents and 7,036 were injured in the country in 2020, which are higher than the previous years’ figures, claimed Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajote on 2 January.
The organisation’s secretary general Gobinda Chandra Pramanik revealed the statistics at a press conference, said a press release.
The press conference was held on atrocities on religious minorities in Bangladesh between 1 January and 29 December this year at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the capital.
The atrocities on the Hindu community had increased in 2020 in comparison with 2019, he said.
In 2019, 108 Hindus were killed and 484 injured, he said.
Gobinda said that 94 Hindus were victims of abduction and 2623 were forced to get converted into other religions in 2020 whereas the number was 76 and 18 respectively in 2019.
Gobinda said that at least 53 Hindu women and children were raped and 370 idols were vandalised in the year whereas the number was 42 and 246 respectively in the previous year.
Gobinda said that 2125 Hindu families were either evicted or forced to leave the country in 2020 whereas the number was 379 in 2019. At least 163 temples were attacked or vandalised or set on fire in 2020 whereas the number was 153 in 2019, he said.
The total number of the atrocities happened to the Hindu community in 2020 is 40,703, he said, adding that the number was 31,505 in 2019.
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The Bangladesh chapter of the World Hindu Federation has compiled a series of incidents conducted by religious fanatics against Hindus in the country in the last one month including religiously targeted looting, murders, land grabbing efforts, temples attacks, idols vandalisation, families being forced to leave the country and targeted abductions and rapes of Hindu women.
In a press release, the federation listed all the atrocities against Hindus in the month of May. Amongst those, it mentions 10 incidents where Hindu temples were demolished and its idols were vandalized in just one month.