In common with Moslem communities throughout the world, the people of Bangladesh have been celebrating the major religious festival of Eid Ul Azha.
GV Crowds at cattle market
SV Bulls decorated with rosettes (5 shots)
SV Coats (2 shots)
GV Buyers walking around cattle market
SV People praying, including Saudi Arabian ambassador and Bangladeshi President Ziaur Rahman
GV Large crowd during prayer
SV Religious leader leads congregation in prayer (3 shots)
CU Saudi Arabian Ambassador
GV Congregation during prayer
Visnews cameraman Atiqul Alam reports that the ten million people who follow minority religions in Bangladesh fear that Bangladesh's involvement in the trend towards a strong Islamic code could lead to their being wiped out completely. He ads that speculation in the capital has it that some political parties, such as the ??? League and National Awami Party -- which champion the minorities -- will fiercely oppose what they call "the attempt to Islamise the country."
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Background: In common with Moslem communities throughout the world, the people of Bangladesh have been celebrating the major religious festival of Eid Ul Azha. A feature of its many rituals is the massive slaughter of animals, an ancient tradition that has recently sparked much controversy.
SYNOPSIS: According to government figures, almost one point two million head of cattle were sacrificed in Bangladesh this year on this holy day. Officials say this puts Bangladesh just behind Saudi Arabia in the number of beasts ritually slaughtered -- and clearly shows the people's deepening faith in Islam. Economists, however, take the more pragmatic view that the annual sacrifice is a needless drain on the resources of a country which is among the poorest in the world, and already short of cattle for agricultural needs. Bangladesh needs billion dollars in overseas aid each year just to keep going.
Bangladeshi President Ziaur Rahman and the Saudi Arabian Ambassador, took part in the celebrations in Dacca on Sunday (12 November). The government says it cannot stop the sacrifices because this would offend the religious feelings of ninety percent of Bangladesh's population--as well as other Moslem countries.
Observers in Dacca say Bangladesh is discarding its socialist leanings and moving towards a more rigorously Moslem way of life. The constitution may be amended soon to bring a firm Islamic bias to the statutes book.