Archbishop rules out anti-Christian violence post elections

Before the elections, some Islamist groups had threatened Catholics and Hindus of reprisals if they went to the polls, "but we do not know with certainty the causes of the attacks," he said.

Bangladesh
Jan 17 2014, 3:31 PM
Archbishop rules out anti-Christian violence post elections
Bangladesh troops sent out to try to stem election violence.

"Despite some negative episodes, Christians are not being targeted by Islamic radicals," Archbishop Patrick D' Rozario of Dhaka said early this week on reports of violence after the January 5 national election.

In the past few days, there were many reports of violence against Christians. A group of Islamic fanatics attacked a Catholic community of ethnic Gari in Jamalpur district in the area of Dhaka, injuring eight people; three of them are hospitalized. Among them is the elder brother of Bishop Paolo Ponen Kubi of Mymensigh. Five worshipers were injured in a parish in the district of Sherpur, also in Dhaka. A young Catholic of Santal tribe, Ovidio Marandy, was killed by Islamists in northern Bangladesh allegedly for voting in the election.

Before the elections, some Islamist groups had threatened Catholics and Hindus of reprisals if they went to the polls, "but we do not know with certainty the causes of the attacks," explained the Archbishop. "After the elections, there have been isolated incidents against Christians, but now the situation seems to have calmed down. I spoke to the bishop, whose brother was wounded. It is not clear what is behind the attacks. There can also be reasons related to the possession of land or other reasons, related to disputes and ethnic conflicts."

“We condemn all forms of violence against Christians and not just across the country,” the prelate said.

"As a minority in a Muslim country, we have a role and a contribution to offer.Yesterday, a lay Catholic elected to Parliament, Promod Mankin, was appointed Minister of Welfare. We believe it is a good sign, we hope that it can work not only for the good of the Christian community but for the common good of the entire country, with a special eye for the development of the poorest. Mankin is a devout and honest person; we encourage him. I will meet him in the next few days and we will discuss the situation concerning the country," Archbishop D' Rozario said.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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