‘Jihadist forces of hate’: Former US Congresswoman condemns attack on Hindus in Bangladesh
Condemning the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, former Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Wednesday called for the country’s government to take action against Jihadi forces of hate.
“It is time for the supposedly secular government of Bangladesh to protect that country’s religious minorities, including Hindus, Christians, and Buddhists, from the jihadist forces of hate,” Tulsi Gabbard said.
Violence erupted in the neighbouring country on October 13, Ashtami, when word spread that Hindus had desecrated the Quran by placing it on the knee of an idol at a puja pandal in Qoumillah. On October 18, a group of assailants vandalised at least 66 homes and torched 20 homes of Hindus in Bangladesh amid continued violence.
Incidents of vandalism and violence were also reported in temples in Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali and Cox’s Bazar's Pekua, the report said.
“It broke my heart to see such hate and violence directed towards devotees of God in their temples in Bangladesh,” she said in a video tweeted on Wednesday. “For these jihadists to believe it’s pleasing to God to burn and destroy temples and the murti of such a saintly person as his Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, shows just how far away from God they really are,” Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu in the US Congress, added.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also issued a stern warning against those trying to disturb communal harmony in the country. She promised action against the perpetrators of communal violence.