During last Easter, a Catholic Christian village made up of tribal Khasia people living in Bangladesh was attacked by Muslims.
Syed Ara Begum, a Muslim owner of a tea plantation, along with a Muslim mob, attacked the Christian village as its population was celebrating Mass for Easter Monday. The plantation owner reportedly seeks to seize the Christians’ land. Hearing the cries of his flock, Fr. James Kiron Rozario ran to the site of the attack. Once there, the crowd of Muslims attacked him with a knife, seriously wounding him and threatening to kill him.
The Muslim mob went on to steal items worth 33,900 taka (4,134 EUR). They also destroyed Bibles, crosses, holy pictures, musical instruments and homes — and slaughtered goats and chickens.
According to Msgr. Bejoy N. D’Cruze OMI, Bishop of Syleht, “We live in fear…. We want justice and security for our priests and our faithful. We hope that the government will find a peaceful solution and that our people can live free from tensions…. They [Catholic Khasia] are a very peaceful community but often fall victims of the Bengali [Muslim] majority.”