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US shows Concern over minorities killings in Bangladesh

Many of them have been hacked to death. Islamic extremist group has even claimed the responsibility for many of them

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Protest against brutal killings, Wikimedia commons

Washington DC, May 12: “Members of the South Asian community held a candlelight vigil at the historic Dupont Circle to protest against the recent spate of murders targeting minorities in Bangladesh”, according to news agency PTI.

Presently, religious intolerance is going on against minorities and their practitioners. Especially in countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar there is a whole other conspiracy going on. Among minorities such as Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, secularists and several others, mainly Hindus are targeted by Islamic extremists. Scandalous genocide of Hindus is taking place.

Among the attendees, there were several organisations such as

  • BHBCUC (The Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council)
  • HAF (The Hindu American Foundation)
  • WHCA (World Hindu Council of America)
  • CFI (Centre for Inquiry)
  • LGBT groups (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)

Intellectuals such as Tapan Dutta of BHBCUC condemned the attacks and further added that he has urged Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take stronger measures to secure the homes, temples, and the lives of the country’s indigenous Hindu community.

One of the members of the vigil said “we are quite concerned with the ongoing killings of our Hindu brothers and sisters. We condemn the attacks and demand the strongest action against the perpetrators.”

Bangladesh: A deeper look

Situations in Bangladesh are becoming worse day by day. Recently a 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad was hacked to death in the national capital after speaking out against the persecution of religious minorities and social media. Brutal assassinations targeting minorities, secular bloggers, intellectuals and foreigners have now become a regular occurrence. Simply in the name of Hindu, women are raped here.

The Bangladesh National Party was accused of supporting “Anti-Hindu” views and sentiments among the Muslims majority. On International Human Rights Day, Bangladeshi Hindu minorities protested against the injustice and atrocities inflicted on them.

Tofique Hassan (Senior Counsellor at the Embassy of Bangladesh) mentioned that “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina adheres firmly to a zero tolerance policy against terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, and violent extremism.” Even the US Ambassador has expressed concern regarding  attacks on the Hindus community of Bangladesh.

Many bloggers, secularists including Avijit Roy,Oysiqur Rahman, Ananta Bijoy Das and Niloy Neel, have been hacked to death. Islamic extremist group has even claimed the responsibility for many of them. However, Bangladesh has denied those claims saying that the killers are home grown, extremists. The local minority says if these people are not spared then we have hardly any left for ourselves.

Bangladeshi minority groups, Wikimedia commons
Bangladeshi minority groups, Wikimedia commons

Alexandra Stark (Research Assistant of the World Faiths Development Dialogue in Washington, D.C.) further elucidates: Because of the sizable amount of aid that Bangladesh receives from the United States, European countries, and international organizations, the West has significant untapped leverage that could be used to push the government in the right direction.” But things are totally the other way round.

Related article: Decimation and missing of Hindus in South Asia

H. Res.396.

Calling for an end to violence against religious minorities, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (an Indian-American lawmaker from Hawaii) introduced H.Res. 396 in July 2015. She mentioned in the U.S House that the government of Bangladesh was expected to protect the rights of all its religious minorities including Christians, Hindus, Atheists and others. She further emphasized the need to take immediate action against this senseless violence. H. Res intends to bring global attention towards the Islamic extremists

Jay Kansara (HAF director of Government Relations) said: “we won’t let the people of Bangladesh stand alone as they confront Islamist extremism”. He encouraged attendees to support H. Res. 396.

It is indeed high time that major global organisations come forward and take a stand against these genocides. Be it Bangladeshi or Pakistani minorities, Noone has any right to take away lives of innocent peoples.

Prepared by Pritam

Pritam is a 3rd year engineering student in B.P. Poddar institute of management and technology, Kolkata. A simple person who tries to innovate and improvise himself. Twitter handle @pritam_gogreen

  • Pritam Go Green

    Not only US .. Even other superpowers should come forward in support of these minorities.
    If we’ll not take a stand against these extremists then they’ll dominate and will continue the brutal killings.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    There are many countries in our world which face such cruelties. Other neighboring countries should take a step so that they are safe in their countries.

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Not only US .. Even other superpowers should come forward in support of these minorities.
    If we’ll not take a stand against these extremists then they’ll dominate and will continue the brutal killings.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    There are many countries in our world which face such cruelties. Other neighboring countries should take a step so that they are safe in their countries.

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Chennai Experiences Most Cyber Attacks Among Metro Cities

Almost one in three netizens in India encounter cyber attacks, with users from Chennai more vulnerable to these attacks among users in the metros

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A majority of IoT device manufacturers and users were found to be ignorant about the necessity of optimised security. Wikimedia Commons

Almost one in three netizens in India encounter cyber attacks, with users from Chennai more vulnerable to these attacks among users in the metros, a new study said on Wednesday.

The study conducted by K7 Computing – a city-based cyber security major, tracks all critical components like Enterprise, Mobile, Mac, Windows and IoT, covering 20 Indian cities that include metros, tier-1 and tier-2 regions.

According to the report, amongst tier-1 cities, Chennai has recorded the highest percentile of cyber attacks with 48 per cent from April 2019-June 2019 followed by Kolkata with 41 per cent during the same period. Delhi has registered the lowest percentile of cyber attacks with 28 per cent.

“K7 Computing’s K7 Labs’ Cyber Threat Monitor highlights the ever evolving threat landscape around the country and addresses the growing necessity of being more proactive in the approach towards cybersecurity,” said K Purushothaman, CEO of K7 Computing.

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IT Managers are most prone to cyber crimes and phishing emails. PixabayIT Managers are most prone to cyber crimes and phishing emails. Pixabay

“We see an increasing number of cyber attacks in tier-1 and tier-2 cities, and therefore, we urge concerned stakeholders to leverage specific intelligence for countermeasures and threat hunting,” Purushothaman said.

As per the report, cyber risk exposure steadily rises on working days in metros, starting from Monday and records the highest on Friday.

The average percentage of cyber attacks in the top dozen infected tier-2 cities was found to be worse when compared to metros and tier-1 regions.

From April 2019-June 2019, Patna experienced the highest percentile of cyber attacks (48 per cent), closely followed by Guwahati (46 per cent) and Lucknow (45 per cent), while Thiruvananthapuram stood safest among others at 35 per cent.

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The study also found that ransomware and fileless attacks continued to grow faster in the country.

Trojan attacks, at 72 per cent, were detected to be the major threat for Mac followed by Adware (18 per cent) and PUP/PUA (Potentially Unwanted Programmes/Potentially Unwanted Applications) that stood at nine per cent, the study said.

A majority of IoT device manufacturers and users were found to be ignorant about the necessity of optimised security, thus inviting massive-scale attacks

The report states that routers are the most vulnerable IoT devices existing in the country, followed by printers, NAS, IP cameras, media players, set-top boxes and smart TVs. (IANS)