Widow of blogger Avijit Roy defiant after Bangladesh attack

Mar 17, 2015


The widow of a blogger who was hacked to death in Bangladesh says she will continue to speak out on the causes of secularism and science.

Rafida Bonya Ahmed was also badly injured when her US-Bangladeshi husband Avijit Roy was killed after leaving a book fair in Dhaka last month.

Speaking to the BBC from a safe location, she said fundamentalism had “taken deep roots” in Bangladesh.

She said she was recovering slowly and had few memories of the attack.

Mr Roy’s family said he had received threats after publishing articles promoting secular views, science and social issues on his Bengali-language blog, Mukto-mona (Free Mind).

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2 comments on “Widow of blogger Avijit Roy defiant after Bangladesh attack

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    Miserablegit says:

    This very brave woman deserves our support for taking this stand which has already taken her husbands life and stands as a reminder to keep an eye on a lesser publicised country such as Bangladesh.

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  • I see the deluded bigots from “the religion of peace”, are active again!


    Knife attack kills Bangladesh blogger Washiqur Rahman

    .A blogger has been hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, a month after a prominent atheist writer was killed in a similar attack.

    Washiqur Rahman was attacked close to his home in Dhaka’s Begunbari area, a police official told AFP news agency.

    .Two students at an Islamic seminary have reportedly been arrested.

    Last month, Avijit Roy, a US-based writer who had criticised religious intolerance, was killed in a machete attack while he was visiting Dhaka.

    His death sparked fresh concerns for freedom of speech in Bangladesh, where several secular-minded writers have been targeted by militants.
    ‘Free thinker’

    Mr Rahman was killed on a busy street in Dhaka. Two of the suspected attackers, armed with meat cleavers, were caught near the scene.

    .The suspects told police they had targeted Mr Rahman because of his anti-Islamic writing, a police official told the Associated Press news agency.

    Mr Rahman blogged under a pen-name, Kucchit Hasher Channa, or Ugly Duckling. According to the Dhaka Tribune newspaper, he had criticised irrational religious beliefs.

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