M.McHolm-Prague_Czech_Republic-36 by Mike McHolm

Special to Earthpages.org

Hindus have strongly condemned recent reported Molotov cocktail attack on a Roma family in an Ostrava settlement in Czech Republic.

Expressing shock, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, asked for its early investigation and taking preventive measures nationwide that such things did not happen in future frightening the Roma community. Zed argued that Roma faced apartheid like conditions in Czech Republic.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, however, admired Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer’s strong reported statement on the issue, calling it “unacceptable, shocking, insane”.

Rajan Zed argued that Roma people in Czech Republic reportedly faced violent attacks, stereotyping, racism, prejudice, growing gap between Roma and other Czechs, fear, beatings, poor quality housing, systemic employment and overall discrimination, persecution, throwing of Molotov cocktails, social exclusion, segregated schools, forced sterilization, marginalization; refused service at restaurants, stores, discos, etc.; municipalities/towns failing to support them; and the state being unwilling or unable to offer protection.

Zed stressed that the country of Franz Kafka, Antonin Dvorak, Jaroslav Hasek, Karlovy Vary, and rich cultural heritage should not continue staying apathetic and silent spectator ignoring Roma apartheid.

References to Roma people in Europe, who are believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent, reportedly went as far back as ninth century AD.