Hindu prayer services raise money for Bangladeshi victims of attacks
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 February 2014
Hindu prayer services were held in Bromley-by-Bow to raise money for victims of attacks on Bangladesh’s Hindu minority following the country’s recent election.
Children as young as three added their voices to the recital of verses from holy Hindu scripture, The Bhagavad Gita as the congregation demanded safety and security for the victims.
The services at Kingsley Hall last week, part of a series of events across Britain, began with the Narayan Puja, a prayer to the deity Vishnu.
The Aarti was also recited, a prayer to remove darkness and give relief to the suffering.
Ajanta Deb Roy, co-organiser of the event, said: “These events should happen more, because in Bangladesh they are targeting minority people, and this shows that not everyone is involved in the violence.
“People from all faiths have showed their support.”
The January 5 election in Bangladesh was boycotted by main opposition parties, and saw the re-election of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League in a record low turnout.
A bloody period of political turmoil has seen more than 300 people killed since the beginning of last year.