As many as 155 Hindu organisations in the UK have united to write to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to demand justice for victims of attacks on Hindu minorities and their in Bangladesh.
The International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was joined by several other organisations such as Bengali Hindu Adarsha Sangha (BHAS) UK, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Insight UK, Friends of India Society International (FISI) UK, Hindu Council UK and National Hindu Students' Forum (UK), among others to appeal to Johnson to strongly condemn the violence and ensure that the Bangladesh government takes action against the perpetrators.
Strongly condemn this violence and ask the Bangladesh government to take appropriate measures to protect its minorities and ensure their long-term protection and human rights.
Ensure that the Bangladesh government follows through with their promise to punish those responsible for this violence, rehabilitate the victims and restore the Hindu temples and provide appropriate protection to the Hindus.
Ensure that Bangladesh abides by its commitment to human rights of minorities while discussing humanitarian aid and preferential trade agreements.
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The letter notes that the barbaric attacks against this religious minority were relentless and lasted for over a week in Bangladesh.
The letter reads: “From 13-17 October, it has emerged that in Bangladesh 315 temples were vandalised, nearly 1,500 Hindu homes and businesses were ransacked and over 23 Hindu women and girls were raped including a 10-year-old minor girl who succumbed to her injuries.
“There are also reports of many Hindus being killed and many still missing. Temples of global Hindu organisations like Ramakrishna Mission and were particularly targeted.
“The initial response from the Bangladesh government and police was woefully inadequate. The Hindu community in Bangladesh is in a state of despair and destitution.”