A religious minorities’ rights activist says Hindu Pakistanis is suffering due to discrimination and violence. Ashok Kumar said that religion based violence directed towards the Hindu population. In a note sent to fides, he stated that in the country there is “an increase in violence based on faith that affects religious minorities, with forced conversions, murder, extortion, looting, kidnapping and abuse related to places of worship.”
Raj Kumar referred to Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael recent statement when he reiterated the resolution that government is committed to “ensure and protect the fundamental human rights of religious minorities.”
While further supporting his claim, he mentioned an incident when two young Hindus were lynched after another man was accused of committing blasphemy in Mirpur Mathelo, in Pakistan’s Sindh province. This incident occurred in earlier this year July when 17-year-old, Satish Kumar Dewan, died as a result of mob attack while his friend Avinash is still in critical condition.
In his statement, Raj Kumar maintained that there are about two million Hindus in Pakistan. He revealed that “Hindus are forced to pay regular sums to criminal gangs, as a sort of bribe, in exchange for the physical safety of their families and themselves.” He whined that Hindus are sometimes forced to take up lowly jobs – at the same time he said that in order to run a business a Hindu citizen usually needs a Muslim as a partner.
He detailed that in past times worship places of Hindus were destroyed, Hindu girls are forced to convert. He complained that back in 1992, many Hindu temples came under attack in Pakistan as a reprisal to attacks on Muslims in India. He said that despite government had promised to reconstruct these temples but unfortunately these promises were not kept.
He said that Hindus are still facing “land grabbing,” harassment and kidnapping of Hindu girls, or false accusations of blasphemy – these are blatant abuses of human rights against Hindu and Christian minorities in Pakistan.