Bangladesh SC upholds status of Islam as state religion

Q.  Which court in Bangladesh upheld the status of Islam as State religion?
- Published on 30 Mar 16

a. Dhaka HC
b. District Court
c. Supreme Court
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Bangladesh on 28th March 2016 upheld the status of Islam as a state religion

Ruling was given out of High Court division of the court while dismissing the petition filed by S.N. Goswami.

The legality of the constitutional provision of Islam as state religion despite secularism as a fundamental state policy under a 2011 amendment to the Constitution was challenged by Goswami.
  • Bangladesh was formed in 1971. As per 2011 census, 87% of the population here is Muslim
  • In 2010, the Supreme Court restored secularism as one of the basic tenets of the constitution and declared the 5th amendment as illegal. However, the provision relating to Islam as the State religion remains untouched.

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