Sheikh Hasina angry at being called an atheist

She reacted angrily to Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) chairman Fazlul Haque Aminee.

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 13:39 PM IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has objected to being called an atheist, and wondered whether the Islamist leader who called her so is himself a Muslim.

She reacted angrily Sunday to Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) chairman Fazlul Haque Aminee calling her an atheist, the New Age newspaper reported. The IOJ is a conglomerate of minor Islamist political parties ranged against her in the opposition.

Aminee attacked the Hasina government`s National Women`s Policy announced earlier this month that seeks to provide equal status to men and women in the country.

Aminee told the media earlier that Islam did not give women a status equal to men.

"There is nothing in the National Women`s Policy contradictory to Islam but Aminee is trying to confuse the people," Hasina told a gathering.

She pointed out that study of religion has been made compulsory in the national education policy.