At least 98 Hindus were allegedly killed and 357 others attacked physically from January 1 to December 29 this year, Bangladesh Jatiyo Hindu Mohajote (BJHM) said yesterday.
BJHM Executive President Sukriti Mondal cited the figure from a report prepared based on newspapers' information and their community's sources, at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
At least 26 Hindu women were raped, while 22 Hindus are still missing across the country, he alleged.
Besides, 141 temples were vandalised and torched while 165 Hindu houses were attacked during this period, he added.
“We have found 15,054 incidents of killings, rapes, attacks, tortures on Hindus this year. This figure may be higher. But we don't know about it. We only can make the government aware by publishing this report,” said Sukriti.
“Now, we want the government to find out the culprits and try them. We don't want to see any repetition of these in 2017,” he said.
In the report, Sukriti also claimed that 1,109 Hindus got death threats from different quarters while murder attempts were made on 18 others.
Besides, 711 Hindus were forced to leave the country, he alleged. At least 210 Hindu families were displaced and criminals also looted valuable goods from 165 families, individuals and temples, he said.
“We have received reports that 3,431 families were threatened to displace from their houses,” the BJHM leader, said adding that 2,328 Hindu houses and business firms were either vandalised or torched by the criminals.
Sukriti said 1,251 Hindus were forced to leave their religion.
BJHM president Provas Chandra Roy and secretary general Ananda Kumar Biswas, among others, also spoke at the conference.
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Editor: email@example.com