Bangladeshi blogger seeks refugee status in Canada following attack

A woman living in Montreal's West Island says her husband, a secular poet and essayist, cannot stay in Bangladesh because his life is still in danger.

Montreal woman wants federal government to help after her husband was shot, stabbed

Tareq Rahim, a secular poet and essayist in Bangladesh, is seeking refugee status in Canada. 0:15

A woman living in Montreal's West Island says her husband, a secular poet and essayist, cannot stay in Bangladesh because his life is still in danger.

MonikaMistry says TareqRahim was shot in the stomach and stabbed during a raid by religious extremists.

"He's in the hospital right now, he was going through several operations and hopefully he is out of danger," Mistry told CBC Montreal's Daybreak.

"He's going to survive."

The attack happened on Oct. 31, during a raid at a publishing house in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, Mistry said.

"They didn't even talk, they just started stabbing," she said.

He was stabbed three times in the head and about 10 times on his hands.

He may lose two of his fingers.

Atheist writers targeted

Mistry told Daybreak her husband was targeted for his beliefs and that he is lucky to have survived.

Monika Mistry says that she wants to be able to take care of her husband, Tareq Rahim. (Monika Mistry)

She said it was the latest in a string of attacks over the last year against atheist writers in Bangladesh.

"They are open-minded writers and secular bloggers so you know they have been targeted for a very long time," she said.

Mistry, from Pierrefonds-Roxboro, hopes the new Trudeau government will grant Rahim refugee status. She cannot go to Bangladesh because it is unsafe.

"I can't be there with him and this is the time he needs me the most," said Mistry.

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