Horror follows horror in quick succession, and the world yawns, because the perpetrators are Muslims inspired by the Qur’an and Muhammad, and so to take notice of this would be “Islamophobic.”
Kalidasi Sarker jumped into the Bhairab River in the afternoon of the polling day with her 15-day-old baby. The 30-year-old mother must hold the baby above water while swimming across the 50m wide river, which too, she knew, she must.
About 100 people had to jump into the river that afternoon as they were chased by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, all equipped with firearms, crude bombs, machetes, iron rods and sticks.
Their only fault – they are Hindus and many of them had cast votes in the just concluded 10th national election.
Waiting on the other side of the river were Sabita Sarkar, 55, and many others from her village to help these people.
Watching the people running across the yellow mustard field before jumping into the river reminded Sabita of herself and her father running across a field – only, it was littered with dead bodies – decades ago, chased by the Pakistani occupation force during the 1971 Liberation War.
“I want justice for what has happened to us,” an enraged Sabita told the Dhaka Tribune.
The community of Hindu fishermen had to leave their village Malopara at Chapatola in Jessore’s Obhoynagar to save their lives.
Ironically, the Bangla word “obhoynagar” means a safe place for people.
These poor people had been living amid intimidation yet they had defended the small locality for almost six hours since Jamaat-Shibir men hacked five villagers around 10am for casting votes in Sunday’s national election.