Bangladesh considering dropping Islam as official religion due to rising Islamic extremism

March 6, 2016 11:34

Bangladesh may soon drop Islam as its national religion due to an increase in extremist attacks by Islamic groups targeting the country's minorities, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

The supreme court has begun a hearing which would challenge Islam as the primary religion of roughly 90% of the Bangladesh population.

The hearing comes after a slew of attacks against the country's minority populations, including Hindus, Christians and Shi'ite Muslims. Many of the attacks have been attributed to radical groups in the region, including those with ties to ISIS.

Bangladesh received its independence in 1972 following the Bangladesh Liberation War, and established itself as a secular democracy. The country adopted Islam as its official religion in 1988 through a constitutional amendment, although there has been growing sentiment in Bangladesh to return to more secular policies.

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