Recently, many Hindu Rohingya women have been enforced to religion conversions in Bangladesh relief camps. According to Daily Mail, Hindu minorities have supposedly become a soft target for the murderers and are being brutally harassed by the Muslim majority in the name of religion.
After the Myanmar tragedy, many Hindu and Muslin Rohingya have taken shelter in Bangladesh but the difference is in numbers. It has been reported that Hindu Rohingya women are being forced to break their bangles, remove sindoor and marry Muslim men or they would be murdered.
Puja Mullick (now Rabia), a victim from these tragically forced conversions narrated the trauma that has been imposed on her for almost three weeks. Losing her husband to violence in the tragedy of Myanmar, she said he was not killed by the army but masked men who murdered and abused the clan.
“We were taken to the forest and they said that I would have to read namaz five times a day or they would murder me… My sindoor was removed and my bangles were smashed. I was told if I changed my religion, I would be allowed to live and I need to wear a burqa so as to stay with them and live learning their traditions from the past three weeks,” she said.
Puja became Rabia, Rica was forced to convert to Sadia and six other women who were allowed to live under involuntary conditions, and they all narrated a similar tale.
Another lady, Ankis said that her husband was kidnapped by a group of masked men who barged into their shack on the night of June 14.
Many such women in Hindu Rohingya camp in Kotupalong area of Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh were found suffering and were forcefully converted to Islam. Young and attractive women were allowed to live and all the others were killed in a row, at a nearby hill.
This mental, physical and emotional harassment continued for weeks until some Hindu relatives of the Rohingyas heard about it and were brought to relief camps. Puja and Rica were rescued while the other six women were nowhere to be found.
Government officials said, “We do not have any such information and if such tragic incidences have taken place, we will take necessary action,” said Md. Ali Hossain, deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar.
Puja and Rica can live without the fear of the brutalities being enforced on them since they were brought to the Hindu camp after being rescued by some women, but there are many whose lives have become hellish.