Islam could be dropped as Bangladesh’s official religion following the surge in attack on minorities in the country. Christians, Hindus, and minority Shiite are recently attacked by Islamic extremists in the country.
The country’s Apex court is hearing arguments for the removal of Islam as its official religion.
Noteworthy, Bangladesh was declared as a secular country in 1971 when it split from Pakistan. However, in 1988 the constitution was amended and Islam was announced as the official religion of the country. Presently, the decision is argued as illegal by religious minority leaders, stated Mail Online.
Nevertheless, the success of the move is still shrouded in doubt as 90 percent of the country’s population is Muslim. Only 8 percent are Hindu and the 2 percent is made up of other minority religions.
Last month a Hindu Priest was murdered by Islamic extremists, when he was offering prayer in a temple. That was the third attack in the last six months. The local police reported that the incident took place in Debigonj of Panchagarh district. A 50-year-old Hindu priest of Sri Sri Shantu Santo Gaurio monastery, Jogeshwar Dasa Dhikari, was stabbed to death by unidentified people.
Last year several secular bloggers and writers were also killed by the extremist groups including prominent minority bloggers, .
Islamic militant groups Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh and Ansarullah Bangla team are believed to be behind these Killing. They have carried out at least seven attacks on foreign visitors and minority groups, reported Times of India.
Meanwhile, US intelligence has warned the country that ISIS is stepping up recruitment in it. Even so, the government claims that these attacks were only carried out by homegrown militant groups.
A Bangladeshi Police Official stated, “We have made arrests on each and every so-called ISIS-claimed attack. The attackers have confessed their crimes in court.”
He added, “They have also confessed being a Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh member, and denied any linkage with ISIS.”