Source: Editorial: The New Age
Dhaka, November 16, 2011
Govt need to act against Ahmadiyya tormentors
MEMBERS of the Ahmadiyya community, a minority sect of Islam, are once again exposed to intimidation. This time, they have been barred from building a mosque at a village in Tangail, although, in line with Article 41 of the constitution, ‘every citizen has the right to profess, practice or propagate any religion’ and ‘every religious community or denomination has the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions’. According to a report published in New Age on Tuesday, the victims have pointed fingers to the law enforcers, who are supposed to protect their rights, for that violation. A local leader of the Ahmadiyya community alleged that while members of the Ahmadiyya community at Chantara village under Ghatail upazila started fencing their land in a bid to construct a mosque Monday morning, the police came to the spot and stopped their activities apart from pulling down the fencing.
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh is praised in UN for her success in fighting extremism. We expect that she will continue safeguard the secular constitution of Bangladesh by protecting the rights of innocent Ahmadi citizens from these extremists.