American-Bangladeshi Blogger Hacked to Death in Dhaka

By Courtney Cox

Dr. Avijit Roy was brutally beaten to death by a group of machete-wielding extremists on a university campus this week in Dhaka. His wife, Rafida Ahmed, was injured in the attack. Dr. Roy, the son of a prominent secularist and human rights activist, was allegedly murdered in retaliation for criticizing Islam. An American and Bangladeshi citizen, Dr. Roy was a well-known atheist thinker. The Daily Mail reported that he was the founder of a blog named Free Mind that featured blogs concerning “scientific reasoning and religious extremism.”  Dr. Roy received death threats prior to his murder for “crimes against Islam.” Protestors have taken to the streets to demonstrate against “the intimidation and murder of secular writers.”