KARACHI: Violence against religious minorities in Pakistan has grown at an alarming rate in recent years. This has led to the exodus of Sindhi Hindus and Christians from Pakistan. There is increased number of cases of force conversions of teenager Hindu girls and their force marriages to Muslim men. These cases are coming in increase on daily basis in our society and presenting flawed image of Islam and liberal and secular Muslim brothers across the globe, said Avinash Hari, President of Upgrade Minorities for Integrated Development (UMID).
According to Pakistan’s penal code blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death. Non-Muslim minorities who are accused of blasphemy are often tortured and even killed without a fair trial. Other minorities in Pakistan such as Sikhs, Ahmadis, and Shias experience similar unprovoked discrimination and violence, he added more.
The all civil society actors are requested to contribute their great roles as to Stop Force Conversion and Restore Human Rights of Religious Minorities.
The women from minorities are facing multi-fold discrimination: on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Religion based hatred must be escaped immediately.
Due to violence, torture and discrimination on the name of religion, several native Hindus, the son of soil are fleeing Sindh which is their motherland from their ancestors for thousands of years.
Pakistani government legally, politically and constitutionally failed in protecting the fundamental rights of religious minorities in Pakistan.
We demand to Government of Pakistan to provide justice to Pakistani minorities and stop all abductions, force conversions and forced marriages of Hindu girls, targeted accusations and charges of blasphemy against innocent children and women of minorities. It is also demanded that the independent and credible inquiry committee be formed to systematically investigate the incidents of violence and discrimination against religious minorities.
The Constitution of Pakistan must be revised to eliminate discrimination based on religion, caste, or creed catalysts in spreading religious hatred and instigating violence against minorities in the media be strictly scrutinized with efforts to fairly report on current events and religiously bias and hatred be eliminated from academic curricula and replaced with education and awareness of human rights and ethnic diversity to promote peace and both social and religious harmony.