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India sees BD commitment in steps against attacks on minorities

04 Jan,2018



Dhaka, BdChronicle:


Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar has said Bangladesh government is committed to take stern action against those who attacked on Hindu minorities in Bangladesh.

“The government of Bangladesh has made it clear that it takes these attacks very seriously and is committed to take stern action against perpetrators,” he said while responding to a question over attacks on minorities.

In November last year, there were attacks committed on the Hindu villagers of Horkoli Thakurpara, Rangpur. 

The attackers burned down at least 30 Hindu houses following a Hindu youth had allegedly posted objectionable content relating to Islam on Facebook.

MJ Akbar, in the lower house of India's bicameral Parliament on Wednesday, said it is the responsibility of the government of Bangladesh and the government of Pakistan to discharge their obligations towards their respective citizens, including protection of their places of worship. 

“Government of India takes up the matter at a bilateral level, both with the government of Bangladesh and with the government of Pakistan,” he said.

The questioner wanted to know whether there has been substantial increase in the incidents of attacks on minority Hindus living in neighbouring countries and whether the Indian government has formulated any action plan to express its resentment in this regard, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.

MJ Akbar said reports of attacks on members of minority communities in Bangladesh and Pakistan, including some incidents of forced conversion in Pakistan have come to the attention of the government. 

Information has been received from Bangladesh that some houses and a few temples of the Hindu community were also vandalized, he said. 

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