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M. A. Khan's note: Murder of ex-Muslim Washikur Rahman by Islamic fanatics in Bangladesh.
We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn that Washikur Rahman, a 27-year-old ex-Muslim and critic of Islam, has been hacked to death by Islamic fanatics in Bangladesh. At about 9 a.m. on March 30, as Washikur Rahman was leaving his house for work, three young Madrasa students armed with butcher's knife attacked him and hacked him to death. Passers-by chased the fleeing assassins and apprehended two of them. They told the police that their Imam coaxed them to carry out the murder as a religious duty, because Washikur Rahman had insulted Islam.
(Caution: disturbing images inside)
Young ex-Muslim writer Washikur Rahman hacked to death by Islamists in Bangladesh

This tragic murder comes in just about a month following the murder of Bangladeshi-America writer Dr. Avijit Roy in similar manner by suspected Islamic fanatics. Dr. Roy was the founder of Mukto-mona (free-minded, website, where ex-Muslim writers such as Abul Kasem, Syed Kamran Mirza, and Ali Sina et al. had initiated the crtical discussion of Islam in 1999.


Bangladesh-American Freethinker and writer Dr Avijit Roy hacked to death by Islam. His wife injured in the attack.

While we were familiar with the work of Dr. Avijit Roy, we knew little about Washikur Rahman, because he wrote in Bengali. Here we publish a satirical essay, translated by a Bangladeshi readers of (will appear in multiple installments).




By Washikur Rahman