The brutal murders of
, a Bangladeshi secularist blogger and
, a renowned Indian scholar, in August sent shockwaves across the two nations.
While fundamentalists continue to threaten atheist writers in India, 22-year-old Dhaka-based blogger Shammi Haque is living in constant fear after four of her colleagues were hacked to death this year by suspected Islamists.
“In a recent text message, they threatened to pick me up from my home and rape me… They have also threatened to slit my throat if I continue writing against the fundamentalists,” said Haque, also an activist with Ganajagaran Mancha – a movement demanding capital punishment for the 1971 war criminals.
This is not the first time she has received such threats. “I have received warnings and death threats from unknown persons on Facebook and over phone ever since I joined the movement in 2013,” Haque, who contributes to the blog site -- Istishon (station), told HT from Dhaka.
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Constitutionally a secular nation, Bangladesh has witnessed a series of attacks on outspoken rationalist writers in the last two years.
Blogger Rajib Hyder was hacked to death on February 5, 2013, only a week after the movement was launched against the Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists who were allegedly behind the genocide, rapes and arson attacks during the independence conflict.
Within the first eight months of 2015, four other bloggers – Avijit Roy , Washiqur Rahman Babu, Ananta Bijoy Das and Chatterjee – were killed in similar attacks.
All the four bloggers were associated with the Ganajagaran Mancho, which forced the Hasina government to crack down on Jamaat-e-Islami in recent times.