Saturday, 27 November, 2021
E-paper

PM urges all not to cross limit on religion

Asks home ministry to take stern action against offenders

  • Special Correspondent
  • 20 October, 2021 12:00 AM
  • Print news

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday called upon all not to exceed the limit on religious matters as Bangladesh is a secular state.

“Bangladesh is a state imbued with the spirit of secularism. So, people of all religions will perform their rituals freely. Don’t make any excess on religious matters,” she told a discussion from Ganabhaban in the capital.

Awami League organised the programme at its central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital, marking the 58th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, the youngest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Sheikh Hasina, also president of Awami League, urged the countrymen to remain alert to avert recurrence of such an untoward incident in future.

“There has been so many blood sheds…Many incidents have already taken place in Bangladesh. I urge you all so that no such incident can take place again,” she said. “Bangladesh is a secular state wherein people of all religions perform their rituals freely as per our constitution. This has also been mentioned in our religion Islam,” she added.

The premier came up with the call as tensions escalated countrywide following the alleged demeaning of the Holy Quran at a Puja Mandap in Cumilla on October 13.

Following the incident, attacks were carried out on puja mandaps, temples, houses, and business establishments of the Hindu community in different districts.

Earlier at a cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister asked Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to take immediate action against those involved in the recent vandalism at Puja Mandaps and an arson attack on the houses of Hindus.

"The Prime Minister has again given clear instruction to the home minister to take stern actions quickly against the offenders after investigations," Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told reporters after the meeting.

The cabinet secretary said the premier asked the home ministry to investigate the issues promptly and take actions against those who initiated the incidents.

He said the religious and political personalities were simultaneously requested to raise public awareness, not to show reaction to any "small twisting act" of anyone.

Anwarul further said something might be found out within a very shortest time over the Cumilla incident.

He said the holy Islam doesn't give the authority to any Muslim to go for destructive acts in case of defamation of the religion. “It is quite unacceptable to Islam,” he added.

"...they can stage protests and place demands before the government for bringing the perpetrators to justice and giving them punishment," he said.

In case of defamation of the Holy Quran, he said the Quran doesn't give anyone the authority to destroy anything of other religion.