Saturday, October 31, 2015

More Stabbings In Bangladesh Of Those Involved In Criticizing Islam

Last February in Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death in an attack by an Islamist group that objected to his secularist postings on science, religion and LGBT issues on his blog. (See prior posting.) Now, according to the New York Times, earlier today in Dhaka assailants entered the offices of Jagriti Publications which had published Avjit Roy's book"The Virus of Faith" and stabbed to death publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.  Around the same time, several men entered the Shuddhashar publishing house and attacked Ahmed Rahim Tutul who had previously received death threats over books he had published, including one of Roy's. Tutul is in critical condition.  They also attacked two other men who were in the office with Tutul. One of those is Sudip Kumar Barman, a blogger who (under the name Ranadipam Basu) had posted on Roy's website. According to CNN, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the assaults, saying that the victims had made derogatory remarks about Islam. In Bangladesh, "hit lists" of secular writers have been circulating on the Internet.