A Hindu teenager named Shashank Das (name changed), aged around 15 years, has been arrested by Bangladeshi police for blasphemy against Prophet Mohammad.
The 15-year old Shashank is a student of class 9th and he was arrested for allegedly posting a defamatory photo of Prophet Moamamd on his Facebook account. As per the Bagerhat Sadar police, a case under the Digital Security Act has been registered against the child.
Bartabazar.com has also covered this incident.
Das’ arrest came after a local Islamist group Ahle Sunnat spearheaded an initiative eventually leading the police to lodge an FIR against the Hindu boy. Bangladesh Minority Watch (BDMW) has taken note of the incident and is requesting a fair inquiry in the case.
It is not the first time that blasphemy rumors against Bangladesh’s Hindus have been spread to settle scores.
Several prominent mob violence against Bangladeshi Hindus began with the rumors of blasphemy against Islam as happened in the case of the Hindu fisherman Rasraj Das who no only was in unlawful detention but the entire Hindu community of Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.
Due to lack of cohesive action, many Hindus of Bangladesh have been forced to take refuge in nearby India.
Burn the Hindus Alive
There are momentous threats against Bangladeshi Hindus, and they are not coming from Islamists but locals. Threats to burn Hindus alive were issued by one Ariful Islam Badal as he spread fake rumors that Hindus were torturing Muslims.
He had written in his posting that ‘if you don’t stop attacking Muslims, then we will burn Hindus alive in Bangladesh.’
An FIR has been launched by BDMW against Islam under Digital Protection law by the BDMW.