Catholic Who Complained About Anti-Christian Violence Killed in Bangladesh

Islamists murdered Ovidio Marandy, a young ethnic Santhal Catholic man, on Jan. 11 in Gobindoganj, Gaibandha district (northern Bangladesh).

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 organized 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.

"Ovidio 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."

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