Hindus in Bangladesh fast dwindling: Human rights activist

Kozhikode (Kerala) March 11: The Hindus of Bangladesh were dwindling with their strength decreasing from one-third in 1947 to one-fifteenth in 2016, said a human rights activist and professor.

Richard Benkin, the US-based activist who is also a frequent traveler to Bangladesh, told IANS during a visit here that he was working against the ethnic cleansing of Hindus in the South Asian nation.

“There has been a concerted attempt in that country to see that the Hindu’s there are eradicated. The successive Bangladeshi governments under Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia have been unable to take actions against those who are out to eliminate the Hindus,” said Benkin.

Of the present 150 million Bangladeshi population, 90 percent are Muslims with the Hindu population down at around 9.5 percent, he said.

He also pointed out that in Bangladesh, there were missing cases of Hindu women and children.

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