Islamists murdered Ovidio Marandy, a young ethnic Santhal Catholic man, last Saturday in Gobindoganj, Gaibandha district (northern Bangladesh). His funeral was held today in the Beneedwar parish church.
A native of Beneedwar
Parish (Diocese of Rajshahi), the young man was the younger brother of Fr Samson
Marandy, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Dinajpur.
According to his
brother and other family members, Muslim radicals wanted to punish the young
man, a well-known figure in the local Catholic community, because he had
recently organised a demonstration in his village against Islamist violence.
On 5 January, hundreds
of Islamic extremists stormed the homes of Christians in the dioceses of
Rajshahi and Mymensigh because they had voted in the general election.
was very brave, and was famous in his community. We are shocked by what
happened," said Fr Proshanto Gomes, a local priest. "Christians have the right
to vote. Why are Islamists attacking us? We want peace."