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10 days on, Tithi Sarker still missing, pressure mounts on Hasina to ensure safe release

There is no trace of Bangladesh university student Tithi Sarker, who mysteriously disappeared while she was on going to a local police station after being summoned by a police officer on October 25.

The sudden disappearance of Tithi, a third-year Zoology student of Jagannath University (Jnu), who is missing for the past 10 days, raised many eyebrows sparking fear of her possible ‘abduction’ at the hands of her abductors in the Muslim-majority country which has seen a spate of malicious attack on minority Hindus.

The federal government led by Sheikh Hasina is at the heart of international criticism with pressure groups mounting scathing attack on her for failure to protect the rights of one crore Hindus.

Several bodies have criticised radicals’ move to “systematically marginalise and annihilate the Hindu population” in a gross violation of human rights in a country where radical outfits like Jamaat-e-Islam and Hefajat-e-Islam are running hate campaign against the minorities.

The president of European Bangladeshi Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council, EU, Amarendra Roy, launched a scathing attack on Bangladesh government for its failure to control radical outfits.

I unequivocally condemn all the recent atrocities on minorities in Bangladesh which has been witnessing uncountable number of hate crimes on non-Muslims. From attacking Hindus, setting their house on fire, molesting women, radical Islamists are indulging in gross violation of human rights. Again, Hindu students are being victimised on the pretext of blasphemy. In reality, their Facebook accounts are being hacked by criminals to malign them. We’re keeping an eye on all the activities happening in Bangladesh sitting in Europe and going to intensify our campaign till the time safety and security of Hindus, Christians and Buddhists are ensured. Bangladesh government must ensure security of minority rights, otherwise it has to pay a price,” Roy, who is also the director of HRCBM-EU Board & External Relations & Communication (Main representative UNO Geneva) said.

The Muslim-majority nation is now on boil over a series of anti-France rallies by Hefajat-e-Islam, which served an ultimatum to the government to boycott French product, close French embassy and sever all ties with the European country.

On October 26, Sarker, was suspended by Jagannath University, where she used to study, for allegedly posting Facebook post on Muhammad, whom Muslims call their prophet, earlier.

Tithi refuted the claim and filed an FIR at the Pallabi Police Station alleging the person, who hacked her Facebook profile, has posted the comment.

She was a former office secretary of JnU unit of Students Rights Council and university unit convener of World Hindu Struggle Council.

Tithy’s sister Smriti Rani Sarker, who filed a general dairy with the Pallabi police station on Oct 27 about her going missing, said family members are very anxious for her younger sister’s safety.

She said Tithi was neither involved in student’s politics nor has ever made any comment on social media to hurt anyone’s feelings.

The police station’s officer-in-charge Kazi Wazed Ali said cops are searching for the missing student, who is yet to be traced.

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