Since this issue is mostly isolated to HTC devices running 4.0.4 OS or older, we have reason to believe your device may have issues with Indian languages written in Devanagari such as Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati etc. Android only recently added Sanskrit based characters support to Android 4.3. This is likely what is causing the crash in your history. Unfortunately, this is not something that WhatsApp can resolve, the only known fix is to update your phone to a phone that supports Sanskrit languages or to ask your contacts to stop sending you messages containing Devanagari fonts.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to help!