Sadhguru takes on Twitter for suspending Iskcon Bangladesh's handle
Isha Foundation head Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has called out microblogging site Twitter for suspending the accounts of ISKCON's Bangladesh unit amid a spate of violence against the Hindu minority in Bangladesh.
"Protect the perpetrators, punish the victims. Is this Twitter's sense of evenhandedness and fairness. Atrocious," Sadhguru said in a tweet on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, ISKCON tweeted that the account of ISKCON Bangladesh Chapter was removed from Twitter. Another account, Bangladesh Hindu Unity Council, was also taken down.
“Twitter needs to explain why have they shut down @IskconBDH and @unitycouncilBD amidst the brutal attacks. Is this pressure from Bangladesh government or @Twitter? Why are Hindu voices are being silenced in the midst of an emergency,” said Yudhistir Govinda Das, Director of Communications for ISKCON India, in a tweet.
Attacks on the Hindu minority and their places of worship have intensified in Bangladesh since last Wednesday. At least 20 homes of Hindus were torched in Rangpur district on Sunday last week over an alleged blasphemous social media post.
Three people were killed in an attack on a Durga Puja pandal near Nanuar Dighi lake in Bangladesh's Cumilla. Incidents of vandalism were also reported from temples in Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali, Cox’s Bazar's Pekua, and an ISKCON temple in Noakhali.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also gave a stern warning to those trying to disturb communal harmony in the country, promising action will be taken against the perpetrators of the communal violence in Cumilla.