Bangladesh, India and Pakistan have been rated as "electoral autocracy" by Sweden's Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute.
In a report, published in March this year, the institute put Bangladesh at 154th place on its liberal democracy index (LDI) with a score of 0.1.
Among other countries in the sub-continent, the report listed India at 97th with a score of 0.34 in the index. Pakistan stands at 116th on the index with a score of 0.25.
Meanwhile, Nepal ranked at 75th position with a score of 0.45 and Sri Lanka at 88th place with score of 0.38. The report puts both the countries under "electoral democracy" category.
Afghanistan, as an "electoral autocracy" stands on the 129th position with a score of 0.19.
Globally, liberal democracy declined during the past 10 years and continued in 2020, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, according to the report.
India, formerly the world's largest democracy with 1.37 billion citizens, turned into an electoral autocracy too.
Some other countries with "electoral autocracy" are – Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Cambodia, Honduras and Russia among others.
According to the report, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Costa Rica, Switzerland, New Zealand, Finland, Germany, Estonia and the Netherlands are countries with the highest score in the LDI.