A map of countries in the world that recognise the Bangladesh Genocide of 1971. The genocide began on March 26th 1971 with Pakistani government launching Operation Searchlight in an attempt to quell the Bengali’s calls for independence and self determination. The war lasted 9 months and saw between 300,000 and 3,000,000 deaths and the rape of 200,000 and 400,000 women as they were deemed “public property.” Over 30,000,000 million people were displaced from their homes and fled into neighbouring Indian to see refuge.
The war saw ethnic cleansing, genocide, starvation, the murder of intellectuals, violence against women, violence against minorities, mass murder and other crimes against humanity.
Many scholars and academics argue that the war in 1971 was not a genocide and as a result the only country in the world that recognises this atrocitiy is India. Many peaceful as well as violent protests have been held to spur the international community to take action against those responsible.