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Malaun (Bengali: মালাউন) is a derogatory term for a Bengali Hindu, most commonly used in Bangladesh.[1][2][3] The word is derived from the Arabic "ملعون", meaning 'accursed' or 'deprived of God's Mercy', and in modern times, it is used as an ethnic slur by the Muslims in Bengal for Hindus.[4][5]

Nirmal Kumar Bose noted the usage of the term as early as 1946 in Noakhali.[6] During the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide, the Pakistani officers addressed Dr. Govinda Chandra Dev as malaun before executing him.[7] On 13 April 1971, after killing a Hindu, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury made a sarcastic comment to the mourning Muslims, "It's only a malaun that died."[8]


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  2. ^ Dastidar, Sachi (12 April 2008). "Bangladesh: The Upcoming National Elections, Pluralism, Tolerance and the Plight of Hindu and Non-Muslim Minority - Need a New Direction". Bangladesh: Religious Freedom, Extremism, Security, and the Upcoming National Elections. United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Minorities Fear for Life and Security". HRCBM. 12 September 2002. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Watch, Human Rights; Ganguly, Meenakshi; Alffram, Henrik (2008). The Torture of Tasneem Khalil: How the Bangladesh Military Abuses Its Power Under the State of Emergency. Human Rights Watch. p. 28. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ House of Commons: Foreign Affairs Committee (March 25, 2005). Human Rights Annual Report 2004: Fourth Report of Session 2004-05 (Report). House of Commons, United Kingdom. p. 88. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  6. ^ Bose, Nirmal Kumar (1999). My Daya With Gandhi. Orient Blackswan. p. 259. ISBN 9788125017264. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Mohammad Qutub Uddin Sajeeb. "গোবিন্দচন্দ্র দেব" [Gobinda Chandra Deb]. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ Anwar, Mahbub-ul. The History of Bangalee's War of Liberation.