By Express News Service
21 Feb 2012 04:14:38 AM IST
'Ethnic cleansing of Bangla Hindus is on'
US-based human rights activist Richard Benkin, who has been tirelessly
fighting for the cause of Bangladeshi Hindus, urged all humans across
the globe to 'recognise' the silent ethnic cleansing of Hindus going on
unchecked in Bangladesh and raise their voice against atrocities on the
Speaking on 'Ethnic Cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh'
jointly organised by Madabhushi Institute of Public Affairs (MAIPA) and
Bhavan’s Kendra, here on Monday, Benkin expressed deep anguish over
international community, human rights organisations, people and
government of India keeping quiet on the ordeal of Hindus in Bangladesh,
which he said was emboldening radical Islamic elements.
These elements continued their crimes against Hindus terrorised them forced them to flee from the country.
that Hindus who were one third of East Pakistan's population, at time
of partition of India in 1947 had dwindled to nine percent in 1971 when
Bangaldesh was created and further down to 7 percent now. He
stressed on exposing Bangladesh government's complicity abetting crimes
against Hindus, forcing them flee the country or covert to Islam.
that Jews in United States in one voice had raised alarm on
atrocities on Jews in Communist Russia in 1971, he wanted firstly the
citizens of India to be made fully aware of silent ethnic cleansing of
hindus in Bangladesh, raise their voice louder and louder, start a
movement here to build up a strong public opinion to halt what he called
"government tolerated murder, rape, abduction and forced conversion of
Hindus to Islam in Bangladesh.
Later answering a question, he said
that the UNO could do anything to save the hindus and added that it is
the Indian government which has to act fast to stop atrocities on
In this connection, he said that Australian government had
promptly acted on attacks against Indian students, there, which saw
attacks come down and accused Bangladesh government of totally
supporting radical elements to continue their crimes against Hindus.
the occasion, MAIPA chairman and former speaker, Agarala Eswara Reddy
spoke and released the book 'English Blues' brought out by The New