A pictorial look at the genocide in Bangladesh began on 26 March 1971 with the launch of Operation Searchlight, as West Pakistan began a military crackdown ?to suppress Bengali calls for self-determination.?During the nine-month long war for independence, members of the Pakistani military and supporting militias (Razakars and Al Badrs) killed between 300,000?–3,000,000?people and raped between 200,000–400,000 Bangladeshi women in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape