India takes note on temple vandalisation in Karachi, conveys protest to Pakistan

New Delhi: 

While taking a note on vadalisation of a Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Karachi, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday iterated that it is another ‘act of systemic persecution of religious minorities’. The Ministry said it has conveyed its protest to Pakistan and urged the country for the safety of minorities. 

“We’ve noted recent incident of vandalisation of a Hindu temple in Karachi. We believe it’s another act of systemic persecution of religious minorities. We’ve conveyed our protest to Pakistan government, urging them to ensure safety, security and well-being of its minority communities,” said Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of MEA. 

In an attrocitious incident against the Hindu minority in Pakistan, a Hindu temple in Karachi, Sindh, was attacked by several extremists who also vandalised the idols of Hindu gods. However, no legal action has been taken against the micreants so far.  

The incident took place at the Korangi Number 5 area of the country’s largest city. The Shri Mari Mata Mandir, which also houses the residence of the Hindu priest, was attacked late on Wednesday, triggering fear among the Hindu community.

A violent mob attacked the house of the priest and vandalised the idols. No arrests have been made by Pakistan police so far.

The idols were brought by the priest a few days ago to be installed in the under-construction temple. “We don’t know who has attacked and why,” The Express Tribune newspaper quoted a local Hindu resident as saying.

Eyewitnesses say six to eight individuals on motorcycles attacked the complex. “Five to six unknown suspects entered the temple and escaped after vandalising it,” said Korangi SHO Farooq Sanjrani.

Police said that they are collecting the evidence adding that they cordoned off the area and provided protection to the community.

Temples in Pakistan are often the target of mob violence. Last October, a historical temple located in Sindh’s Kotri was desecrated by unidentified people.

Activists say human rights in Pakistan records have touched a new low with several media reports and global bodies reflecting the dire situation for women, minorities, children, and media persons in the country.

In Sindh, forced conversions and attacks on minority communities have become even more rampant.Forced conversion of minor Hindu, Sikh, and Christian girls, always under duress, has become an increasingly common phenomenon in the country. 

(With inputs from ANI)


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