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Minority rights: In shadow of insecurity

Published : Friday, 21 April, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 341

'Safety' is now perplexing for us but also for minority group of Bangladesh like Hindu, Christian and ethnic communities. Bangladesh is a country of various cultures and religion. People believe in difference norms, behaviours and religious values. Bangladesh as a democratic country, every people or group has equal rights to live and do their own activities.
In article 27-(1) of the constitution, it is written that, "the state shall not discriminate against any citizens grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth". And also in article 41(a) states: "Every citizen has right to profess, practice or propagate any religion"
In Bangladesh, minorities always remain in panic because of their identity. Several incidents of this year have increased the panic in their mind. Article (12) the constitution, is about 'Secularism and freedom of religion' which is a dream not in reality.
The Daily Star published on December 30, 2016, referred BJHM that 98 people of Hindu community are killed and 357 others attacked physically in 2016. BJHM secretary general Ananda Kumar Biswas claimed that "at least 22 Hindus are still missing and over 26 Hindu women were raped in the country"
In April 2016, 10 Hindu people were died, 51 people were wounded, 33 temples had vandalized and many people had lost their houses.  In October 30, 2016, another cruel and brutal attacked was happened against the minorities in Brahmanbaria. Islamic fundamentalists have been vandalized 15 temples and 100 houses of Hindus.
There are several reasons of the vulnerability and uncertainties of minorities. One of the main causes is the negligence of government. None of the government was successful to build a strong basis of fundamental rights of minority. They always have remained as pendulum in every period of several governments.  
There is lack of security and proper judgment of the crimes which was occurred against minorities. If any crime gets latitude by power, it will lead to create new crime and criminals and also encourage committing another severe crime.
If a country fails to recognize minority rights including women's rights, it will not have the kind of stability and prosperity. If Bangladesh wants to develop its position, government has to give equitable rights to the minority people. Otherwise, Bangladesh will fall behind from the race of development.
If any organ of human body injure, the body will not work perfectly. Like as, the minority deprived from all opportunities of development, the country will not develop his situation. So, the government should take necessary steps to ensure the basic rights of minority and establish equitable judgment of the crimes. The 'dominated mentality' of majority as society has to change against 'minority'.
Minhazur Rahman Rezvi is graduated
from University of Dhaka

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