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Minorities and the State discusses the plight of two numerically significant religious minority groups: Hindus in Bangladesh and Muslims in West Bengal, India.

The political vicissitudes in India and Bangladesh have stirred up questions relating to citizenship, nationality, and identity. In this volume, academics from India, Bangladesh, and Japan examine the formation of minority identity at the time of partition of India in 1947 and in subsequent decades. The articles emphasize the crises and coping strategies, migration, and state- and local-level politics affecting minorities.

By utilizing data from varied sources like field work, archival research, and secondary sources, this volume explores deprivation and different dimensions of minority life from political, economic, civil society, gender, and literary perspectives.

Status of Hindu Women: Spheres of Human Rights Violation in Bangladesh
Status of Hindu women: Spheres of human rights violation in Bangladesh

This chapter makes an attempt to portray the status and condition of minority Hindu women in Bangladeshi society. This is explained through a broad spectrum of issues that constructed the structure of the discrimination and violation of human rights against Hindu women in Bangladesh. This chapter is organized into five sections. Section I deals with the historical context of marginalization of Hindus in general as a consequence of the partition in 1947 in East Bengal and later in Bangladesh. Section II turns to Bangladesh Constitution, which through subsequent amendments identified the state with Islam, which vanquished minority rights in Bangladesh. Section III explores minority ...

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