Bangladesh is on edge following one of the worst spates of anti-Hindu violence in its history. Activists continue to demonstrate in the streets to demand justice, after at least six people were killed and hundreds injured in mob violence around the country. The trouble began with inflammatory social media posts that showed a copy of the Quran being desecrated at a Hindu temple.
Muslims protested against the apparent disrespect of their holy book, and since then, hundreds of Hindu-owned homes and shops have been set on fire and several religious sites vandalised. Police have arrested scores of people as the government pledges to do more to protect the Hindu community.
Hindus comprise about 9 percent of Bangladesh’s Muslim-majority country. Their numbers have been shrinking since the country gained its independence from Pakistan in the 1970s, as more Hindus move to neighbouring India.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League has vowed to uphold the country’s secular principles since becoming Bangladesh’s ruling party in 2009. But Hindu activists say there is often little justice for victims.
In this episode we ask, what should Bangladesh do to protect its minority Hindu population?
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