ISKCON holds global protests against attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organisation, today held protest programmes across the world denouncing the recent spate of attacks on puja mandaps, temples and properties of the Hindu community in several districts of Bangladesh.
ISKCON said its members staged protests at their international headquarters in West Bengal's Mayapur and 149 other temples worldwide, including Mumbai, Jaipur, Bengaluru, London, among others, where thousands of devotees and monks performed congregational chanting and displayed placards that carried messages such as "Justice for Bangladesh", "Protect our temples in Bangladesh" and "Stop violence against Hindus", reports our New Delhi correspondent.
Later, they prayed for those who lost their lives in the violence.
"ISKCON devotees participated in a worldwide peaceful demonstration of pain and grief of the global Hindu community, which stands in solidarity with the Hindus of Bangladesh. They also demanded that the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ensure safety and justice to the minorities in that country," ISKCON Mayapur media spokesperson Subroto Biswas said.
ISKCON Mayapur Co-director Subekshana Das, a devotee from Poland, flayed the attacks and demanded Bangladesh government take tangible action against the perpetrators.
Protests were also held in Kolkata where devotees lit candles in front of the photographs of two ISKCON members who lost their lives in the violence in Noakhali, Vice-president Radharaman Das said.