Amid an increase in violence in Myanmar, not only Rohingya Muslims but many Hindus too are leaving the Buddhist majority country and are seeking refuge in Bangladesh. Recently, 86 Hindus were killed in the violence that erupted in the country.
As per the officials, as many as 500 Hindus arrived in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, along with tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims. A Bangladeshi official on the condition of anonymity said, “A total of 414 Hindus from (Myanmar’s) Rakhine state took refuge at a Hindu village in Cox’s Bazar”.
Rana Dasgupta, President of the Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council, said that the number of the Hindu refugees had climbed to 510. He added that refugees took shelters in different Hindu houses after fleeing their home country. On August 27 and 28, unidentified men attacked houses of Hindus in Myanmar’s Mangdu district and 86 people were killed in the attack.
The ordinary Rohingya Muslims escorted them to the borders from where the Hindus entered Bangladesh. Rana Dasgupta said, “The attack on Myanmar Hindus should be investigated to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Meanwhile, many Muslims women on Monday protested outside Myanmar’s embassy in Jakarta demanding the government to take a tougher stance against persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. They held big banners which read, “Stop Muslim genocide in Myanmar” and “Unite the people to free Rohingya Muslims”.
The youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, took to Twitter and wrote that she was waiting for fellow Nobel laureate, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, to condemn the “tragic and shameful treatment” of the Rohingya minority.
(Source: PTI, AP)