In the first census held in independent Bangladesh, the number of minorities was 5.7 percent, which is now reduced to 5 percent. Researchers say if this trend continues, it will be difficult to find any Hindu community in Bangladesh after the next five years.
Comparing the census figures of 20 and 24, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and the National Population Research and Training Institute (NIPORT) say that at least nine lakh Hindus have left the country in the last six years.
Abul Barkat, a professor of economics at Dhaka University, in his book ‘Political Economy of Reforming Agriculture-Land-Water Bodies in Bangladesh’, says that on average, there are 12 Hindu religions leaving every country. According to him, if this situation continues, Hindu religion will not exist for three decades afterwards.
Although the number of Hindus in independent Bangladesh has decreased, the number of Muslims has increased. After independence, the number of Muslims increased from 5 percent to 9 percent in the 20 census. Now the rate is about 5 percent.
An official of the BBS, who was involved in the census, said on the condition of anonymity that the number of Hindus has decreased in at least six districts of the country. There is no evidence that they left their district. These are called ‘missing populations’.
Rafiqul Islam Sarkar, research director of NIPORT, told on Banner, “Birth rates in Hindu families are low, adoption of family planning methods is high. But the biggest reason is immigration. ”
According to BBS, the number of Hindu religions was once more in the districts where the number of Hindu religions in Gopalganj, Moulvibazar, Thakurgaon, Khulna, Dinajpur and Bagerhat has decreased. In all the districts except Narail, the number of Hindu fanatics has decreased after 9 years.
Khan Kamrul Islam, 8, a resident of Bemerta village in Bagerhat, told the banner that their village had more Hindus than Muslims. The opposite has been prevailing over the last two decades.
As a center of law and arbitration, from January to December of this year, 4 houses of Hindus were vandalized and set on fire, and four idols were vandalized in temples and temples. Apart from this, 3 persons were occupied by land and settlements, five Hindus were injured in various incidents and seven died.
Researchers, well-informed sources, say that influential Hindus are attacking Hindus since they intend to occupy any Chutoy land. They are leaving the country without getting enough support or confidence from the administration and the government.
The native Hindus were attacked in protest of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in the year 12. There have been cases of indiscriminate rape and looting after the BNP Jamaat coalition government came to power after the elections in 28 years. At that time, a large number of Hindus have left the country of religion in the wake of the Depression.
Mohammad Rafi, senior researcher in BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Department. In his research paper on post-election violence, he said that Hindu religious people tried to show their fear of occupying property as they left the country without protest. The government does not take any initiative to stop minorities from leaving the country. Rather, behave a little foolishly.
Rafi has given several figures in that book. The election month in October 25, from October to February 2022, has prevented religious practices of minorities, especially Hindus, from 120 upazilas. They have been subjected to extortion in five upazilas. In 8 upazilas, minorities were forced to leave. Assistant looting took place in 129 upazilas. Property was destroyed in 12 upazilas and Hindus were subjected to physical torture in 212 upazilas.
After the January 7 elections of January 25, another round of attacks on Hindu religious groups followed in Thakurgaon, Netrokona, Sherpur, Mymensingh, Jessore, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Lakshmipur.
Shamsul Huda, executive director of the Association of Land Reform and Development (BLRD), told Banner, “As a conservative, the ruling class and their representatives fueled and patronized the Hindu religion in the hopes of occupying the land.”
He said the role of public representatives was unacceptable in the recent attack on Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria.
The ALRD visited the site earlier this year on charges of trying to evict five poor Hindu families from Khas land in Dinajpur. They said at a press conference that the government of the area had threatened, beaten and sued the party leader Hindus only for possession of land.
Throughout this year, there have been frequent reports of indiscriminate attacks on minorities from different parts of the country. Notable events were; Yogeshwar Roy was killed in Deviganj in Panchagarh, 3 Hindu families were deprived of village in Ashashuni of Satkhira, 5-year-old Sadananda was murdered in Tungipara of Gopalganj; Attempts to murder the priest, priest in Bogra Tan, Satkhira, Kishoreganj and Rangpur and Dhaka Ramakrishna Mission preaching to prevent the threat.
Former minister and chair of the parliamentary committee on the law ministry, Suranjit Sengupta told Banner that these incidents created doubts, mistrust and distrust of the Hindu religion. He said a united spirit has been noticed in the displacement of minorities in this country. Whatever government is in power, there is a strong consensus here on the displacement of minorities.
He said social media was being used to spread hatred against minorities, the latest example being a communal attack in Nasirnagar.
According to the report of the Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council, there have been more than 20,000 minority torture incidents in Bangladesh in the next six years.
Noor Khan, acting executive director of the Law and Arbitration Center, told Banner, “The government has failed to keep its promise of security. Many of the minorities are leaving the country because of their oppression. ”