Ummid Assistant

Jamia Millia launches courses on China, Afghanistan

IGNOU launches value education programme for teachers

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home Special Reports

Scarred and scared, these Pakistani Hindus seek refuge in India

Sunday November 27, 2011 02:21:01 PM, Gaurav Sharma, IANS

New Delhi: Sitting hunched with his face cupped in his hands, 42-year-old Shobhamal dreads going back to Pakistan's Sindh province where he has earned the status of a pariah and "bore the brunt of being a non-Muslim".

A group of 146 Pakistani Hindus took refuge at capital's Majnu ka Tilla Sep 8 after crossing the Attari border Sep 4.

"I don't fear for my life but for my family. I decided to come here as there is no place for Hindus in Pakistan. Sexual assault, forced conversion, abduction and humiliation is all this country (Pakistan) has given us," Shobhamal told IANS.

Shobhamal's 18-year-old son died of cancer here earlier this month.

With their tourist visas expired some two months ago, these people from Bagidi community are reluctant to go back to Sindh where, they say, there is no security of their life and property.

Hindus form around seven percent of the total population of Sindh province.

"We don't want to go back. We are outcast there. We appeal to the government that please just give us refuge and we don't want any citizenship," rues 45-year-old Ganga Ram.

Gang Ram has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting extension of their visas and shelter.

They are currently living in 12 tents and share one dilapidated toilet -- but say they don't have much complaints.

"We are happy here. Though life is tough here, it's not an ordeal what it used be in Pakistan. There, you bear the brunt of being non-Muslims," said Sagar, a mechanic, who was robbed of all his tools with which he used to make his ends meet.

"They force us to convert to Islam and threaten of dire consequences. They abduct our children and loot our property. If we complain, nobody listens. There, even the prime minister is not safe, let alone Hindus," says Mithalal, who is in his 50s.

When this IANS correspondent tried to speak to the women in the community, a sense of reluctance took over. However, a few narrated their ordeal, after much convincing.

"When our husbands are away for work, we keep our doors locked and live in constant fear. We are not allowed to wear vermillion on our foreheads," said Rukmini.

"We don't eat our food until our children come back as you never know they might be kidnapped or circumcised," said a woman, refusing to reveal her identity.
 


(Gaurav Sharma can be contacted at gaurav.s@ians.in)



 


 



 

 

 

Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

i

i

i

 

 

 

Top Stories

States can decide on foreign retail chains: Anand Sharma

Guidelines for the new policy of allowing 51 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail outlets  

Amid opposition, India declares retail trade open

Fact sheet on India's retail trade industry

FDI in retail will destroy livelihoods of 'crores', says CPI-M

 

  Most Read

Contestants from 53 countries to demonstrate Quran memorization skills

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance of Saudi Arabia is organizing next month  in Makkah the 33rd King Abdul Aziz International Contest 

India remembers victims, martyrs on 26/11 third anniversary

India paid homage to the victims and martyrs of the 26/11 terror attacks on its third anniversary here Saturday. Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan laid a wreath at the 26/11 memorial at 

Protesting widows, kin of 26/11 victims detained

 

  News Pick

Pakistan to ask US to vacate air base

Pakistan will ask the US to stop using one of its key air base after a NATO air raid on one of the country's border checkposts left at least 25 soldiers dead, the 

25 Pakistani troops killed in NATO airstrike

Despite yatra, Advani is no Vajpayee

Since politicians are generally suspected of hiding their self-serving interest under homilies, it is unlikely that there are many takers for L.K. Advani's claim that his recent rath yatra - his sixth trademark venture 

Jamia Millia: Little known hub of pioneering scientific research

Mohammad Dilshad Manzar is a typical young man from the small town of Samastipur in Bihar but with big dreams. He led a life of deprivation due 

 

Picture of the Day

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Emeritus Senior Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, unveiled the bust and the Marker of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, at Asian Civilizations Museum, in Singapore on November 20, 2011.

(Photo: M. Asokan )

 

 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Religion

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Culture

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

     

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.