Bangladesh Might Disown 'Islam' as their State Religion
Bangladesh could drop Islam as the country's official religion following a string of extremist attacks against people of other faiths.
The supreme court in the South Asia nation has began to hear arguments which challenge Islam's status as the official state religion.
It comes after a spate of attacks against people of other religions such as Hindus, Christians, and minorities Shi'ites, which have been blamed on Islamic extremists.
When Bangladesh was formed in 1971 after the nation split from Pakistan, it was declared a secular state.
However, in 1988 the country's constitution was amended with Islam declared as the state religion.
But this is now being disputed as illegal in the latest court battle and is being supported by religious minority leaders.
Meanwhile, the US has also warned that ISIS is stepping up recruitment in Bangladesh, even though the government says the extremist problems are home grown.
Muslims make up some 90 percent of Bangladesh’s population, while Hindus account for 8 percent and other religions—including Buddhism and Christianity—make up the rest.
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