A ruling MP has said if it were allowed to go on, the Hindu minority’s continued exodus would bring the nation to the brink of a crisis.
“They’re going away quietly. We have to treat this with importance,” veteran Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta told parliament on Thursday.
Quoting news reports, he said not a single case of attack on minorities in the country had ever faced trial.
In 1974, Hindus were 13.5 percent of the population, which in 1981 fell to 12.1 percent and in 2001 became 8.5 percent, he said, quoting census figures.
“This government must be allowed to do its work. It must be allowed to work constitutionally,” he said.
“The ministers and the employees of the republic must have a good understanding,” he added.
The MP's remarks came hours after the High Court ordered the government to act against the people behind the hate attacks on Hindus alongside Awami League supporters across Bangladesh after the 2001 general elections.
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