According to the report, 782 Hindus were either forced to leave the country or threatened to leave. Besides, 23 were forced to get converted into other religions.Polash said at least 25 Hindu women and children were raped, while 235 temples and statues vandalised during the year.The total number of atrocities happened with the Hindu community in 2017 is 6474, according to the BJHM report, which was 11,335 in 2016.
Making some pointed references, Polash said communal question paper was provided during Rajshahi University admission test, a family of Mymensingh was forced to leave by influential people of the district after vandalising Hindu houses in Rangpur.BJHM President Prabhas Chandra Ray told the press conference that though the total number of atrocities has declined because of the joint efforts of the government, BJHM and Hindu society, the incidents of killing and forced disappearance are still alarming.
He also claimed that the administration's negligence and the influence of powerful people are the main reasons behind the atrocities which have created a huge threat for the safety of the country's Hindu community.Claiming that no other country in the world experiences minority killings during election as much as Bangladesh, Prabhas expressed his concern over the increased killing risk of Hindus during the upcoming national election.Prabhas, however, expressed the hope that the number of atrocities on the minority community will come down to zero level soon with government efforts. (UNI)