A Bangladeshi-American blogger was assassinated last year by Muslim extremists on his way back from a book fair in Bangladesh. This was after he had taken another stand against violent religious extremism days before his death.
One year after his death there is a void in Roy’s Atlanta residence. His wife Rafida Ahmed said that she avoid the library where the couple once worked together, reported CNN.
Recollecting the heinous incident she said, “I had four machete stabs on my head. My thumb was sliced off. They hit me in other places of my body too.”
Dr. Roy, who was a scientist from Atlanta, Georgia, was killed in the University Campus in Dhaka last year in February. He was killed as he criticized Islam. He wrote his final work in which he expressed his views on religious extremism.
Roy said, “For me, religious extremism is like a highly contagious virus.” He compared them with animals being ruled by their own disease. He also expressed a similar sentiment in his book “Biswasher Virus” (Virus of Faith), stated Mail Online in a report last year. A Militant group called Ansar Bangla 7 claimed responsibility for the assassination.
In another article Roy said, “the death threats started flowing to my e-mail inbox on a regular basis. I suddenly found myself a target of militant Islamists and terrorists.”
Rafida said there was no question why these extremists targeted her husband and her. She explained that criticising Islam has become a sin in Bangladesh. Ahmed now helps endangered writers escape from Bangladesh as she thinks that there is no protection for them.
There is a surge in machete attacks in Bangladesh. Last year attackers killed four other writers who shared secular sentiments. However, police in the country said that they are doing their duty very well. Joint Police Commissioner Monirul Islam said that the situation had become safer. He also said that 8 suspects were arrested in connection with Avijit Roy’s murder.
Although US Intelligence has already warned Bangladesh of ISIS presence in the country, the authorities rejected the claim.
There is also a jump in the number of religious minority groups killing in the country. Recently, a Hindu priest was assassinated by extremists.