Bangladesh Genocide 1971

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Special Edition of The HinduLounge with hosts Ajay Shah and Utsav Chakrabarti: Remembering the 50 th. Anniversary of Bangladesh Genocide.  

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Date: March 21, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM Eastern

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Anthony Mascarenhas

"I saw Hindus, hunted from village to village and door to door, shot off-hand after a cursory 'short-arm inspection' showed they were uncircumcised. I have heard the screams of men bludgeoned to death in the compound of the Circuit House (civil administrative headquarters) in Comilla. I have seen truckloads of other human targets and those who had the humanity to try to help them hauled off 'for disposal' under the cover of darkness and curfew."

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Time magazine correspondent

"...cities have whole sections damaged from shelling and aerial bombardments."
"In Dhaka, where soldiers set sections of the Old City ablaze with flamethrowers and then machine-gunned thousands as they tried to escape the cordon of fire, nearly 25 blocks have been bulldozed clear, leaving open areas set incongruously amid jam-packed slums."

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Archer K. Blood - American Diplomat

"with support of the Pak military, non-Bengali Muslims are systematically attacking poor people's quarters and murdering Bengalis and Hindus."

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Bina D'Costa Nationbuilding, Gender and War Crimes in South Asia

During the war, a fatwa in Pakistan declared that the Bengali freedom fighters were Hindus and that their women could be taken as the 'booty of war'. Imams and Muslim religious leaders publicly declared that the Bengali women were 'gonimoter maal' (war booty) and thus they openly supported the rape of Bengali women by the Pakistani Army.

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Aubrey Menen

17 year old Hindu bride who was gang raped by Pakistani soldiers. Two went into the room that had been built for the bridal couple. The others stayed behind with the family, one of them covering them with his gun. They heard a barked order, and the bridegroom's voice protesting. Then there was silence until the bride screamed...In a few minutes one of the soldiers came out, his uniform in disarray. He grinned to his companions. Another soldier took his place in the extra room. And so on, until all six had raped the belle of the village.

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Malcolm W. Brown - New York Times 

Report titled: 'Horrors of East Pakistan Turning Hope into Despair'
One tale that is widely believed and seems to come from many different sources is that 563 women picked up by the army in March and April and held in military brothels are not being released because they are pregnant beyond the point at which abortions are possible.

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Pakistani Major General Khadim Hussain Raja 

Niazi, in presence of Bengali officers would say ‘Main iss haramzadi qom ki nasal badal doonga (I will change the race of the Bengalis)’. A witness statement to the commission read "The troops used to say that when the Commander (Lt Gen Niazi) was himself a raper (sic), how could they be stopped?".

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