Monthly Hindu Persecution Digest: July-August 2016

Monthly digest from IndiaFacts documenting news of Hindu persecution.

July 2016

  1. Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh

A 45-year old Hindu priest, Shaymanonda Das, was hacked to death in front of a temple in Jhinaidah district headquarter, 300km south west from the capital Dhaka in Bangladesh on July 1, 2016.

  1. Bomb hurled at RSS leader’s house in Chakkarakkalil

In Chakkarakkal region in Kerala, a RSS leader’s house was damaged in a bomb attack on the morning of July 1, 2016. The house that came under attack belonged to RSS Seva Pramukh M V Jayarajan. In the attack, window panes and front door were damaged.

  1. Hindu temple vandalized in Bagura

Few miscreants attacked and vandalized Mukundha temple at Bagura Sador, Bangladesh on July 3, 2016.

  1. Hindu temple vandalized in Kampung Sungai Nibong Kecil, Malaysia

Vandals attacked a Hindu temple in Kampung Sungai Nibong Kecil, Malaysia during the night of July 2, 2016 and damaged an idol.

  1. 12 Hindus flee from Bangladesh, enter Meghalaya

As many as 12 persons belonging to Hindu families fled from Bangladesh and the BSF detected them at the South Garo Hills border of Meghalaya. Though the BSF arrested them since they had illegally crossed over to Meghalaya, an official statement of the BSF said after the recent atrocities on Hindus in Bangladesh, it appears to be a case of migration of the Hindus who are in minority there, as per reports published on July 4, 2016.

  1. Troubling Documentary Reveals Kairana like Hindu Exodus in Heart of Delhi

A troubling new documentary titled “Truth of Sunder Nagri – Are Hindu’s at risk?” has revealed that a Hindu exodus similar to that in Kairana, West UP is currently underway in the Sundar Nagri area of the national capital, New Delhi. The video was posted on The YouTube by Ravijot Singh, a video blogger on July 2, 2016.

  1. Rare, centuries-old idols stolen from Bhoramdeo temple, Chattisgarh

Thieves stole two 9th-11th century granite idols from Bhoramdeo Temple in Dantewada of Chattisgarh on Thursday night, July 7, 2016.

  1. ‘In just 4 days’: Nimisha converted, indoctrinated in IS ideology, and now she is missing

Bindu, a native of Attukal, said she has not heard from her daughter Nimisha since June 3. Nimisha had converted into Fathima and married one Eeza, who is also believed to have converted. They are suspected to me among those who have come under the influence of ISIS.

  1. Statues damaged at fourth Hindu temple in Penang

Statues of deities at Kuil Sri Muneeswarar temple in Gelugor in Malaysia were found damaged on the morning of July 10, 2010. Statues of three deities – Ganesh, Sivalingam and the main deity Muneeswarar, were damaged, with what might have been a sharp object.

  1. Malerkotla in Punjab talking ‘love jihad’ after Quran sacrilege
  2. Rakhain temple monk attacked in Bangladesh

A 75- year-old monk, Open Bita of a Rakhain temple was attacked by unknown miscreants in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar town on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

  1. Nearly 6,000 converted to Islam in Kerala in 5 years: Report

According to an intelligence report, 2 recognized religious conversion centres in Kozhikode and Malappuram converted as many as 5,793 people to Islam between 2011 and 2015. The report further stated that almost half of those who converted to Islam are women, and that the majority of these women (76%) were below 35 years, as reported by Times of India on July 15, 2016.

  1. Jihadi Sleeper Cells Target Kerala Secretariat Employees
  2. Woman stripped naked, fingers chopped off after her cow entered neighbor’s field in West Bengal

A middle-aged woman was stripped naked, beaten up and two of the fingers of her left hand were chopped off, in West Bengal’s Malda district on Saturday, July 16, 2016, when her cow entered a field belonging to her neighbor Harun Sheikh.

  1. Muslims object to use of loudspeakers in Hindu temple; leads to tension

Tension gripped a village in Jammu region’s Poonch district on Monday, June 20, 2016, over the use of loudspeakers in a Hindu temple. Reportedly, members of the majority Muslim community objected to the use of loudspeakers in a Hindu temple situated in Poonch’s Jhulas village

  1. Guntur Church uses Derogatory Language against Hindu Gods, Villagers Protest

Villagers of Kankanaalapalli village in coastal Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh have objected to the derogatory language used for Hindu Gods/Goddesses in Christian missionary preaching carried out by a Church in the village, as per reports of July 21, 2016.

  1. Kerala’s Hindu girl Aparna was forced to become Shahana

A woman from Kerala has claimed that her daughter, an aeronautical engineering student in Kochi, was forcibly converted to Islam. The woman in her complaint has said that her daughter Aparna, who had changed her name to Shahana, was forcibly converted to Islam, as reported on July 21, 2016.

  1. Newly married Hindu woman allegedly molested by four youths in Aligarh

A 19-year-old newly married Hindu woman was allegedly molested by four Muslim youth on Wednesday night which was followed by a clash between the two communities. More than 27 families put a sale sign outside their house and shops in Babri Mandi area of Aligarh as they felt threatened and unsafe. The Hindu families also urged the district administration to buy their houses and shops.

  1. Quran desecration leads to violence against Pakistani Hindus

Following reports of Quran desecration, Muslim extremists have started killing Hindu boys in Sindh’s Ghotki district, as per reports published on July 27, 2016.

  1. Tension at Deoband after temple idols found vandalized

Tensions prevailed in Deoband area of Saharanpur district after idols of Hindu lords in a temple were found vandalized on July 27, 2016 morning. Police have arrested one Sadik for allegedly damaging the idols and lodged an FIR against some unidentified men.

August, 2016

  1. Christian School Punishes 11 Year Old Girl For Wearing “Tilak” on Her Birthday

An 11-year-old girl, a student of St Ann School in Tarnaka area of Secunderabad in Telangana was allegedly made to stand for two hours outside her school principal’s room as punishment for wearing a “tilak” on her birthday on August 9, 2016.

  1. Two arrested for abduction of girl; Indoctrination bid suspected

In what is perceived as yet another case of indoctrination bid in the state, the Cherpulassery police have arrested two persons in connection with the abduction of a 21-year-old girl. The duo have been identified as Sheena Farzana of Chethiamthodi, Parambur, Palliparamba, Pattikad in Malappuram, and Abdul Nazar, as reported on August 12, 2016.

  1. Hindus in Pakistan protest forced conversions

Human rights activists and Hindu groups in Pakistan have condemned the controversial former PPP National Assembly member, Pir Abdul Haq, for allegedly kidnapping a Hindu teenager and forcing her to embrace Islam. The protesters alleged that Mian Mitthu is known for abducting Hindu girls for forcible conversion.

  1. Pastor beats up, makes children’s home inmates beg on Hyderabad streets, arrested

It was six years ago that Sharada, a single parent daily wage worker from Jagadgirigutta entrusted her two sons to pastor James. But on August 18, 2016, Gachibowli police picked up four children including hers, for begging with a donation box before Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) office and IIIT junction in IT Corridor. Further investigation took police to the doorsteps of Bhrama Puthra Social Service Society, a private childrens home run by Pastor James.

  1. Six panchaloha idols stolen from Tiruvotriyur temple, in Tamil Nadu
  2. Raped, Converted Hindu teen girl with begs on roads in Bangladesh
  3. Abid Pasha stuns police with revelations about 5 murders in 8 years, committed over religious leanings

When the Mysuru police arrested carpenter Abid Pasha, 34, on August 7, over his suspected involvement in the March 13 murder of Bajrang Dal activist K Raju and the June 2011 twin murders of business management students Vignesh and Sudhindra, Pasha revealed his involvement in five other murders committed over moral digressions or associations with right-wing Hindu groups in the last eight years.

  1. Four RSS activists hacked in Kannur

Four RSS activists were hacked and severely injured after CPM workers hurled bombs at them at Muzhakunnu panchayat in Kannur on August 25, 2016. Police said that a gang of 30 people, allegedly belonging to the CPM, threw crude bomb on them and hacked them with sharp weapons.

RSS Muzhukunnu Mandalam Karyavahak P Sujesh, 31, of Thilankery, N Santhosh, 25, of Muzhukunnu, Deepesh,26, of Thilankery and Arun,25, of Muzhukunnu were injured in the attack. While Sujesh suffered serious stab injuries on both his legs, Santhosh was brought to hospital with injuries on both his legs. The other activists suffered minor injuries in the incident.

  1. Hindu caretaker of Temple brutally attacked with knives, fighting for his life

Chitta Ranjan Addaya (57) a Hindu caretaker of the Raghunathpur Kali Mandir, located at Madhabdi police station of Narsingdi District in Bangladesh, was brutally attacked by assailants. Police has detained Mohammad Feroz (45) son of late Taher Ali.

  1. Islamic State militants arrested for planning attacks on Hindu temple in Malaysia

Three militants from the dreaded Islamic State terror group have been arrested in Malaysia for allegedly plotting attacks on a famous Hindu temple in Batu Caves, entertainment outlets and police stations across Malaysia, according to reports published on August 31, 2016.

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