Islamabad High Court has been moved against the desecration of a Hindu temple in Islamabad’s Said Pur village. IHC judge Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had issued notices to the federal government in this regard. The petitioner in this case had claimed that the local authorities are not forbidding the visitors to remove their shoes while entering the temple, which is desecration of the Hindu sacred place.
The petitioner Adil Gill had filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court over the desecration issue. The counsel of the petitioner, Advocate Yasir Mehmood Chaudhry cited Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) through its secretary, Capital Development Authority (CDA) through its chairman, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) through its Chief Commissioner and Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) through its mayor as respondents.
The petitioner Adil Gill had maintained in his petition that he is a Hindu citizen of Pakistan and that his religious sentiments were hurt by the desecration asserting that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights to all citizens regardless of their religion and sect. It was therefore to draw the attention of the authorities towards the matter towards desecration of a Hindu place of worship.
The temple in Saidpur Village currently serves as a tourist site, while over 850 Hindus living in the city have been barred from performing religious rituals here. The temple is located inside a Haveli which now serves as a Picture Gallery. When the visitors come in the said gallery they also visit the temple; all the visitors enter the temple wearing their shoes. They take pictures and make noise inside the temple which is desecration of the temple.