Cases of brutal violence against minorities in Pakistan are at an all time high. Recently Thatta, Sindh, was simmering ever since the gangrape video of a 19-year-old Hindu boy surfaced. Growing intolerance against religious minorities in Pakistan has seen a sharp upsurge in crimes against them. Boys or girls or women all are the targets of these religious hooligans. This is not against Hindus only it is same for all religious communities who are a minority in Pakistan.

Increased Violence against Minority religions in Pakistan

State of Christians, no better than Hindus

In November 2016, a Christian boy was shown to be brutally beaten up in a video for allegedly drinking water from a fountain located inside a mosque. Are these the consequences of him accessing a public facility which provides the most basic utility for survival? Is being physically assaulted in public by self-proclaimed Muslim men who took it upon themselves to punish an innocent boy for stepping into a Muslim place of worship and sharing their water justified? With the growing intolerance rate in Pakistan, many members belonging to minority groups continue to pay the price for acts they don’t even know constitute as crimes. And, realistically, they aren’t.

Evidently, in the Christian context, the root causes of the anxieties of the community owe it to the actions of common Pakistanis. However, there are many other non-violent forms of discrimination Christians have to tolerate on a daily basis, such as poor or no access to education, lack of employment opportunities, and hurdles in social mobility. Many employers prefer Christians for sanitation jobs and advertise for those jobs as open only to non-Muslims (read: Christians wanted). For instance, the derogatory term “churha” (sweepers) is commonly used to describe Christians.

The suffering they face and how they are viewed by the mainstream Muslim population can be measured by the horrendous conditions with which they must compete on a daily basis. Forced marriage and conversion to Islam are some of the worst kinds of challenges they encounter.

RAPE: Most brutal form of violence against minorities in Pakistan

Minority Boy Gangraped in Thetta

Minor raped in Thetta Pakistan

The assault took place in the Darro town of the Sajawal district. Half a dozen men, with many, connected to the late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), gang-raped a Hindu boy named Prakash, shot the assault and circulated the video online to further browbeat the survivor’s family. In the video, a teary-eyed and very much in pain Prakash can be seen getting assaulted.

The Hindu community is pointing fingers at the Arbab Ibrahim Memon who is the son of PPP leader Rameezul Haq. Haq contested the elections on the PPP’s ticket in the previous general elections and holds sway in the area. Due to this the survivor’ family is gone in hiding afraid of the influential rapists.

As the news of the gang rape of the Hindu boy went viral, the Sindh Home Minister was forced to break his silence. The Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal vowed to bring the perpetrators to the justice and these culprits have been arrested by the police

Rape against the minority community boys is not a new occurrence in Pakistan. However, it is seldom reported on an equal footing and therein lies the problem.

A 13-year-old boy was allegedly kidnapped and raped by two men in Sehwan, Jamshoro. The boy was thrown unconscious outside his residence in Karampur village near Sehwan in the evening on 30 March 2018, a day after being kidnapped.

Meanwhile, in Hyderabad’s rural area, the parents of a five-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped, killed and buried in the Husri area in first week of March this year, complained of delay in the arrest of the culprits. The girl’s parents our freelance journalist that Hyderabad police requested them not to resort to protests while assuring immediate arrest of the suspects.

Pakistani Hindus have not forgotten the high profile Inder Vineet case in which a club owner was involved in sodomizing the child.

Due to constant persecution, many Hindus have been forced to migrate to India. This is what Pakistan has to offer for its minorities then it does not have any right to claim any support for any persecution in any country. If Pakistan cannot support its minorities then how is it supporting Kashmiris in India? We have to clean our own backyard before blaming others.

24 Apr 2018/Tuesday                                                                    Written by : Md Tahir Shafi