On February 26 an American-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death by two unidentified assailants in Dhaka. His wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Ahmed Bonya, was with him at the time and was critically injured in the assault. Roy passed away at the Dhaka Medical Centre at 10:30 pm, bdnews24.com reported. Islamist group Ansar Bangla 7 has claimed responsibility for Roy's murder.
Avijit Roy spoke of secularism. His work was far removed from superstition, blind faith and did not venture into the world of the supernatural. Rather, this free thinker advocated rationalism, and most importantly, tolerance.
His blog Mukto Mona or 'Free Mind', voiced opinions that were controversial but never absolute. Touching on subjects ranging from homosexuality, to the 'Virus of Faith', he hoped to initiate a healthy discussion about the murky world of religion. All his life, he worked towards the creation of a different kind of world - one where ideas flow freely and free speech is a reality.