Sunday, October 19, 2008

Man Under House Arrest over Son's Apostasy...

Muslim clerics and neighbors have ordered the father of a man who converted to Catholicism to remain confined to his house until retaliatory punishment can be exacted from the convert.

“Are you not ashamed that your son became Christian?” the founder of a mosque here asked Ruhul Amin Khandaker, father of a 32-year-old businessman who went to Australia earlier this year to court a Philippine Catholic woman, converting to her faith in April. “Why did you not sacrifice your son like cattle before telling the news to us?”

Khandaker has become a social outcast whose family lives under threat from fellow Muslims, in violation of Bangladesh’s constitution and international human rights safeguards. His son, Rashidul Amin Khandaker, has applied for protection from Australian immigration officials as he believes police in 88 percent-Muslim Bangladesh would do nothing to protect him from Islamists threatening to kill him.

“They will try to kill me anywhere, any time in Bangladesh, and the police and the authority will not protect me,” Rashidul Khandaker wrote in his plea to Australian authorities. “There are records that show a converted person is not protected by the police, authority and society.”

Khandaker’s life would be in danger if he returned to Bangladesh, said his brother-in-law, identified only as Siddik, adding that “we are also surviving in the society at our own peril.”

Continue here at Compass Direct News


  1. Anonymous5:02 AM

    Though rare exceptions certainly exist, the Islamic community is characterized by arrogance and a general indifference to the lives and welfare of unbelievers. Anyone who doubts this should contrast the genuine outrage over periodic yet petty slights against Muslims (such as the recent Muhammad cartoons) to the reaction - or lack thereof - that these same people have when unspeakable acts of violence are committed in the name of Allah and Islam.

  2. Anonymous5:33 AM

    The muslims who comment are angry because you put this on your blog -

    "Muhammad said, 'Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?' They replied in the affirmative. He said, 'This is the deficiency in her intelligence'"

    Where are maldivian women today?

  3. Anonymous8:18 AM

    What you are saying will make more of an impact if you reveal your identity.It seems you want to tell Maldivians Islam is not right.Not only are you non Muslims, but you want to give that message as well.

    Unless you reveal your identity, no body can try to get you justice.Constitution says you cannot be a Maldivian citizen, why dont you file your case and see what happens.You have a right, to get that right, reveal your identity.