Ahead of his visit to India, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a secular country and the government would take immediate action should such an incident occur, citing incidents of attacks against the Hindu community in the country. He said countries should show “tolerance” when asked about done.
“Bangladesh is a secular country, and you know there are many religions here. .. especially my party.. people in my party, they are very conscious about it and my government.
There have been some media reports of attacks and hostility against minority Hindus in Bangladesh.There have also been reports of vandalism of Durga Puja pandals or Hindu temples.
Hasina said her government strongly supports secularism and will immediately deal with attempts to disrupt communal harmony.
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Hasina also claimed that extremism was not limited to her country, as many countries, including India, had witnessed it.
“As long as we are in power, we will always take it seriously and I will always tell them (minorities) that you are our citizens. We should own our country.Sometimes it is a very undesirable situation, but I am well aware that not only in Bangladesh, but even in India sometimes minorities suffer,” she said.
Prime Minister Hasina will visit India as a state guest from September 5th to September 8th. During the visit, Prime Minister Hasina will visit President Drupadi He Murum and his Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and Narendra He will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar calls Prime Minister. She is also likely to visit Ajmer.
Attack on Hindu community in Bangladesh
In July many organizations across Bangladesh staged protests against attacks on the country’s Hindu community. There were reports of a Hindu teacher being murdered and a Hindu woman being raped in Bangladesh.
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On July 15, a Hindu minority house was set on fire in the Sahapara district of Lohagara, Narail. The mob started setting fire to a house after Friday’s prayers after an 18-year-old man in the neighborhood said he hurt their religious feelings on Facebook.
Hindu population of Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, Hindus currently make up less than 9% of the total population. Census figures show a significant decline in the Hindu population over the past 40 years, according to a report citing government data. Over the past 40 years, he shows that the proportion of Hindu population in Bangladesh has decreased from 13.5% to 8.5%.
(with input from ANI)