- Bangladesh Buddhists, Hindus
condemn Taliban action
DHAKA (March 4, 2001): Buddhist and Hindu
groups in Bangladesh have severely condemned the breaking of statues, including two giant
Buddhas, by Afghanistan's Islamic Taliban militia.
The Bangladesh Bouddha Nagorik Forum and
Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Parishad, that represent the Buddhists and Hindus, Saturday
condemned the Taliban government for demolishing the relics and 2,000- year-old Buddha
Forum member secretary Prasenjit Barua, in
a statement, expressed his anguish on the destruction and said his forum was very
concerned about the act.
Barua said the Taliban is directly
violating the human rights enshrined in the U.N. charter through its acts and hurting
religious sentiments of the Buddhist community around the world. He urged the UN and other
global forums to pressurize the Taliban and prevent the razing of the statues.
Prem Ranjan Dev, president of the
Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Parishad said in a separate statement the Buddha statues were
mankind's assets. "No civilized people can't carry out such act," said Dev. He
said these "barbarous" acts not only hurt the Buddhist community, but was also a
blow to the Hindus.
"We are urging the United Nations,
the Non-Aligned Movement and other global bodies to take action against the people
involved in these destructive activities," Dev added.