Again, Bangladesh’s Hindu community is under extreme attack. Following the recent general election, hundreds of Hindus including women and children in Jessore, Gaibandha, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Bogra, Lalmonirhat, Rajshahi, Natore and Chittagong district had to flee their homes. To save their lives, some of them had to flee by swimming across rivers in the cold weather.
In the evening of Election Day (5 January, 2014), the Hindu villagers in Abhayanagar upazila of Jessore district had to pay a high price just for exercising their democratic right to vote. Some 600 Hindus, including women and children, had to flee their village by swimming across the Bhairab River where more than 130 houses were vandalized and at least 10 houses were burnt down.