LEGAL action to drop Islam as Bangladesh’s state religion has been revived after 28 years, and the High Court has agreed to hear the case later this month.
Bangladesh’s 1971 constitution originally declared all religions were equal in the eyes of the state. However, military ruler Hussain Mohammad Ershad amended it in 1988 to make Islam the state religion.
The hearing comes after a slew of attacks against the country’s minority populations, including Hindus, Christians and Shi’ite Muslims.
Some of the attacks, including the killing of a Hindu priest, have been claimed by ISIS. The militant group has also said it was behind the killings of a Japanese citizen, an Italian aid worker and a policeman.
The Government denies that ISIS has a presence in the Muslim-majority country of 160 million people.