Bangladesh: Atheist bloggers face prison
A group of four writers will stand trial in November accused of publishing material that “causes hurt to religious beliefs”
Yesterday, four Bangladeshi atheist bloggers were indicted for posting derogatory material about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad online. The bloggers, who were first arrested in April, will now face up to 14 years imprisonment and hefty fines. They are the first people to be tried under the country’s new Information Technology Act, which bans the publication of online material that “causes hurt to religious beliefs.”
And since nobody but the religious believers can tell whether they have been ‘hurt’ or not, this gives them a free hand to persecute anyone and everyone.
Bangladesh used to be quite sensible, despite being a majority-Muslim nation. Looks like those days may be over.