Durga Puja is not far away. But, Hindu minorities are living in fear, as vandalism of Durga idols have been started. Amid this, a long awaited demand has been rising. The demand is- a three days of holiday for Durga Puja.
Notably, Durga Puja goes for five days traditionally. But, the Govt. of Muslim majority Bangladesh allows only one day as holiday in Bijoya Dashami. Due to this, Hindu minorities can’t take part in the puja. Especially, the people who live in different districts of Bangladesh for work and other purposes, can’t do Puja or meet their families.
Taking this demand, the student wing of Bangladesh’s biggest Hindu organisation ‘Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajot’ held a protest rally yesterday in front of National Press Club in Dhaka.
Leaders in the protest rally alleged, ‘Hindu minorities are victims of religious discrimination. The discrimination has been going on for a long time. Due to that, Hindus can’t perform their Dharmic duty during Durga Puja, can’t spend time with their family members, can’t enjoy the happy moments during Puja days. When will this discrimination end?’ They also alleged that present PM Sheikh Hasina does not blink an eye in this problem, although she proclaims herself to the world as the protector of Hindu minorities.