Horror in Bangladesh, where yet another crime was committed against a woman because of her religion. It happened in the village of Kajura, in the Jessore district, in the southwest of the country. Several strangers attacked a Catholic woman while she was sleeping at home. Criminals entered the house, poured gasoline on the woman and set her fire. Her desperate cries drew the attention of her relatives who extinguished the flames and took her to a hospital.
The attack was so sudden and violent that not even the woman herself was able to describe her attackers. Doctors have found burns on most of her body, but the victim went back home because she cannot afford hospital care.
The Catholic community of Shimulia consists of about 4 thousand faithful, most of whom are poor and needy. Violence against the Catholic woman is not the first incident of this kind. Lately, several members of minority groups such as Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists, have been attacked in the country, but there have been also attacks on moderate Muslims, targeted for their liberal ideas.