|Protesters call for the protection of Hindus in Bangladesh. (Photo by=Mohammad Ponir Hossain/REUTERS)|
In mid-October, communal riots broke out in Bangladesh after a mob vandalized a Hindu temple in Cumilla in its eastern part. "Similar protests took place in around 150 countries including India, Bangladesh, and the United States," said Tokyo-based Rohan Agrawal, an Indian national, who was at the scene of the demonstration staged by organizations including the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. "We demand equal rights and an end to such attacks against all the religious minorities in Bangladesh," said Nandy Khokan Kumar, one of the protesters, who is originally from Bangladesh but currently resides in Japan and runs a trading firm in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has criticized the attacks and hundreds protested in the country's capital Dhaka last week against religious violence. Local authorities have made some arrests. Hindus account for less than 10 percent of the overall population in Bangladesh.
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana]