Ahmadi Muslims are considered by many traditional Muslims to be “infidels” because they believe their founder was a prophet.
A distressing photo of the girl’s body lying on a straw carpet on a road was widely shared on social media this week.
“Her crime is that she was born into an Ahmadi Muslim family,” said Ahmadi local chief SM Selim today.
This act has been condemned throughout Bangladesh.
But Azad Hazari, a local councilor, said the child was finally buried in another cemetery some ten kilometers (16 kilometers) away. The police were implicated in the process, it is said.
Munir Hossain, a local cleric, denied that the body was exhumed, but said the Muslims prevented the parents from burying the baby in the cemetery.
He added: “It is against Sharia law to let an infidel be buried in a Muslim cemetery.
“The devout Muslims in the village would never let this happen. ”
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The child’s father told the Dhaka Tribune that he saw “anti-Ahmadiyya men” rally after the funeral and exhume the body.
Ahmadis have faced attacks and had their religious rights taken away in some Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan.
The 100,000 Ahmadis in Bangladesh are regularly attacked.