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Bangladesh came into being as a secular democratic country through a sanguinary liberation war in 1971. Pakistani occupation force and their collaborators in Bangladesh, Jamat-e Islami, Muslim League, Nezame Islam and other Islamist parties in order to destruct the independence of Bangladesh killed three million innocent people, raped more than a quarter million women and destroyed thousands of human habitats. During the liberation war of ’71 mass killing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity were committed in the name of protecting Islam and Pakistan.
The government of Bangladesh started trial proceedings of the war criminals in 1972. But before the completion of the trial, the father of the nation and President of Bangladesh Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his close associates were assassinated in 1975. After this assassination the trial of war criminals of 1971 was stopped by proclamation of military rule and Secularism and Bangalee Nationalism were wiped out from the constitution. Finally Islam was declared as the state religion. This was the beginning of Islamisation of the politics and society of Bangladesh. As a result non-Muslim people of the country were virtually turned into second class citizens.