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Bangladesh: Awami League leaders make derogatory comments about Shri Krishna; Hasina’s party takes no action

While former BJP leaders like Nupur Sharma and T Raja Singh are facing the heat for allegedly making statements that were hurtful to the Muslim community, political leaders in the neighbouring Islamic country are repeatedly making derogatory comments about Hindu deities without any fear of action.

It is hardly shocking that leaders belong to the Bangladesh Awami League led by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Though Sheikh Hasina claims to be liberal and secular-minded, Hindus have suffered persecution under her reign and often by members of her political party.

Last week, an Awami League leader was arrested for making sacrilegious comments about Bhagwan Shri Krishna. The accused has been identified as Josim Miah. He is the secretary of the Awami League of Ward 1 of Moulvibazar.

As per reports, the Awami League leader had taken to Facebook a few days ago to share these disparaging views about the Hindu deity. A screenshot of his comments instantly went viral. Many social media users demanded legal action against him. Later, a case was filed against him at Moulvibazar Model Police Station.

In the face of massive public outrage, police became active after receiving the complaint, and the Superintendent of Police assured to take swift action. After a swift investigation, police arrested Josim Miah. According to sources, the leader has purposely made objectionable comments about Bhagwan Krishna to create communal tension. Locals are breathing a sigh of relief at his arrest. However, we must highlight that Awami League has not expelled Josim Miah from the party despite hurting religious sentiments by making dirty comments against the deity of the minority community.

Again, Josim Miah is not the only Awami League leader who has made offensive comments about the Hindu deity. Viral screenshots claim that another leader of the Awami Party, Idris Ahmed, has used expletives for Shri Krishna Janmashtami through his Facebook page. There has been no news of any legal actions against Ahmed. Social media users have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Hasina dispensation.

Netizens allege, “Awami League has become an anti-Hindu party day by day, they are still the ideologues of the Muslim League.”

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