Plight of Hindus : The beleaguered minority community of Sindh, Pakistan

This report was published in Awami Awaz. The translated version is being published now.

Take a call – Either allow us to live or let us leave, Migration in Sindh in real terms had bitten even 1947 records : Hindu Member to Standing committee of Human Rights in National Assembly Pakistan

Awami Awaz:- Report-Sakheel Naich—The Standing committee of Human Right had recommended to the Govt. of Sindh that forcible conversation be stopped and action be taken against the responsible and legislation be drafted to in order to stop the migration of Hindus. Further legislation be drafted to stop incidents of Karo-Kari and Prison manual be modified in line with the present times. These were the main points discussed in the meeting of standing committee of Human Rights which was presided over by Ryaz Fatiyana who holds the chair of the commission as well. Incidentally in the meeting the data related  to Forced Conversation and Migration of Hindus as being put up by I G Sindhi from Sindhi were out rightly  rejected  by the Minority Hindu members of the commission . Speaking on the data put up by I G Sindh Falak Khurshid, Hindu MNA (Member of National Assembly Pakistan) said the level of Migration in Sindhi in the last 5 years have been much more compared to that of mass migration in 1947!! In Mirpur Khas alone there are reports of Hindered being already migrated. Additional IG Sindh said Hindus being a hardworking community and have of an progressive which is the reason why they are specifically targeted. President Zardari have already instituted a three member parliamentary  committee to look into the issue. MNA Aeresh Kumar Singh said that the data are far for being true. Indian minister had publically confirm that 500 families are already in India  and have expressed their willingness of staying here on long term. Majority of those Migrated once have refused to return. In Sindhi many more have been killed. If Hindus migrate it would spell disaster for us. Mr Mangal Sharma of Minority Alliance said  in September alone as many as 12 Hindu Girls have been forcefully converted to Islam. Among these 12 only one girl have been return to her family. As many as 7500 family have been migrated and in the last 20 yrs the data for migrated once put up the figure at One and half lacks. Not even 5% of the jobs are with Hindus. There is no Hindu personal Law Board as well. Mr Tikam Mal of Pakistan Hindu Council said forced conversion is the single most reason of Hindu Migration. We need to believe only on Hard facts. The Girl after being kidnapped for 20 days is being presented as Muslim , we are asking why a girl had to be made wife why nor a daughter or Sister ? We will earn money anyway but about humiliation that we go through? In case a law is drafted to make easier of Hindus being converted we would have no other option but to Migrate to India. “Either you let us live or let us leave” Additional IG Sindh on his part said that we are bonded by law of Land. As per law the boy and the Girls are presented to the court and it is up to the courts to issue the verdict . We merely comply with the court order. Mr Kashoor Zahiri MNA from MQM said Hindus love this country more than what we do. The present situations demand an through rethink of our attitude towards minority. This is a serious issue. This issue had tarnished the image of the country internationally. We need to draft a legislation so as an deterrent for such cases. Ramesh Singh of Minority Itehad said there are serious issue facing Hindus and so in the migration. Indian Minister says 1290 Families have migrated while 790 have already been awarded citizenships. Massive migration is on in Sukkur. In case ransom is the only solutions where is the role of Police !! Security should be provided to places of Worship belonging to Minority community. Satram Singh Domak of Baluchistan Assembly & Ram Sindg Sodha of Sindh had already migrated. If elected representatives don’t feel secure then who cares for common Hindu ? Give us the Rights what Quid Azam had promised. Immediately after the formation of Pakistan, Quid had the parliament presided by an Hindu Jogindernath Mondal. In Pakistan it was Hindu M P singh would used to speak of Sacrifice for the state  of Pakistan. In case Pakistan is in distress it is the minorities who would stand tall. Aresh Kumar Singh  MNA said that let police clarify where they have received any Government policy  to expedite the exodus of Hindus from Pakistan.  Let police clarify we won t raise hue and cry on the issue. MNA Inayat Allah said act against Hindus is an terrorist act, it is indeed shameful that Hindus are migrating. We have been hearing since the last 20 years of the presence of Private prisons. Hindu personal Law must be enacted. Cases against the Hindus needs to be tried in Special courts similar to that of terror courts like ATC. Minorities are our assets. We can’t tolerate their exodus. Special Secretary Home Mudasar Iqbal said in order to secure minorities as have constituted  committee in every district  of Sindh under Dy Commissioner which would include five minorities members apart from SSP. In the meet chairman of the commission Rayaz fathyana said there is no doubt  that non Muslims have equalrights as Muslims . Quaid in his 11 August Speech have clearly laid out the principles of equality. The venom of Militant Islam was speed by Gen Zia and we are facing the consequences of his adventurism. Legend has it that when in Chertal , Kashas community was being forcefully converted to Islam by some fanatics , then great prophet had issues stern dictates that henceforth all should have equal rights. Today if Hindus are being kidnapped, their daughters being forcefully convert, it is the duly of the STATE to provide security to the Hindus. When some Christians were terrorized in Gungarawala we protested in strongest possible terms. This commission recommends to the government of Sindh to install secrete CCTV in religious places belonging to the minority community and those cameras should be connected to nearest Police stations. Security of all religious places belonging to the minority community is State responsibility. We recommend a separate legislation to prevent forced conversation of Hindu Girls. The existing criminal Law should be amended to provide safe custody of the girls for a month. Within that period nobody should  be allowed to meet her. Additionally we recommend that religious places be in charge of an officer belonging to minority community. Minority community leaders should meet Spl Secretary Home for 2-3 hours on Monday. Henceforth a strong massage should be communicated that atrocities will not be tolerated. Hindus should not me forcefully converted. A separate cell is to be created to redress the issue on force conversion. A Quota of 5% reservation of Jobs for Minority is to be implemented. We will meet again in 2-3 months to take a stock of the situation. In the Meeting Riyaz Faiyana complemented that Sindh Police had opened a cell to redress the issue. Sindh Government should start some form of communication with religious leaders. Civil society too should be in the loop. Media should asked to cover such activity so that Executive & Judiciary could take notice of the menace of Karo Kari. We appreciate the work of UNDP who had done a commendable word for its eradications. This committee expresses deep concern for the incidents of Honor killings in the name of Karo Kari. As regards the prison reforms Ryaz Fatyana said that a recommendation is being sent to Sindh govt through Prison dept. secretary to immediately change Prison Manual. Imitates should be provide with telephone services. Those who are for smaller crime should be provided with opportunity of bail where ever possible. Imitates should be provided with access to lawyers. Games should be allowed in Jails. Television should be allowed in Prison with a large screen. The committee recommends written request for major newspaper to supply of News paper . Additionally dept should provide newspaper stand. Regular medical checks should be carried out in prisons including Hepatitis B are other disease .

SINDH- FROM RINKLE KUMARI TO MIGRATION OF HINDUS

SINDH-   FROM RINKLE KUMARI TO MIGRATION OF HINDUS

AN ARTICLE BY  VEENGAS

Have you ever been abandoned ?

Have you ever felt the trauma of

Being abandoned and forced immigrate to foreign land ?

You can’t feel of their emotions as you never been forced to immigrate

You never have been forced to give up right to live in your land

How could you feel as I feel if you are not abandoned?

Or forced to immigrate!

Why shall I detail my agony to somebody

Who had never been gone through the pain that I had to go through

You’ve  never been with broken hearts

Its we,

Who are abandoned, condemned, forced to immigrate & forced to survive heartbroken

Some day even the goddess of time will have some pity on us!

May this happen I would ask to exactly this “Have you been forced to immigrate?”

-(Halina)

Sindh is that very land where you can expect anything from freedom of being free from living heartbroken. This land has every emotion!

Once again Sindh is going through the trauma of migration and heart-broken emotions of innocent indigenous inhabitants. Have we ever bothered to feel what Sindh have been going through ? May be our own pains are too much to divert our attention to others. Leave apart sympathizing we are not even feel the reason behind even to hear what the hell is going on with them!

I still remember my childhood  when mom  would speak of entire world of some sort of Global village for humanity but never missed to used that land on which we grew up from infancy to  the adult , how come we could forget the natural bond that land!! The bond between the land and people are such which cannot cast off no matter how much hard one tries. But notwithstanding such time tasted laid out laws of nature something is indeed going on in some of our hearts who are bend upon speeding hostility for love.

I still lament of the fact that how we compromise promptly hatred for love or peace which has the potential of isolating them from the rest. But needless to say it is those people who are to suffer the most of this man-made isolation.

These are same hands that are making mess of Sindh. They  believe they are indeed powerful and can indeed impose a change on us. Had any ever been told time spares none !!

We have been watching silently as indigenous inhabitants of Sindh viz  Sindhi Hindus are being tormented. Why this have been happening ? What are the reasons behind it ? I had never ever  denied that Sindhi Hindus (Although I don’t prefer to use the word “Sindhi Hindu”. They are the indigenous son of the soil then why they should be referred as Sindhi Hindus and not as just Sindhis) have been troubled and forced to pay Bhatta (Protection money to the local mafia).  But despite this they choose to stay in their mother land expecting   that such issue would pass by with the passage of time and above all with the hope  that one should not abandon the land of their forefathers

As they have been facing each day with vigor what all off happened they have been migrating …Time is indeed ruthless as well as unpredictable! Hypocrisy & atrocities might now be practiced by majority but those practice it are indeed powerful who have been giving free hand to terrorize minorities in any possible form. There are not even questioned by rule of land as why such crimes are being perpetuated ?  When such perpetuators of crimes roam free, the tormented even being a majority feel beleaguered. This is what been happening in Sindh. A meticulously planned game is being played in Sindh which might seem invisible to us may be we tend not to break our silence.

I have been writing in Daily Ibarat since the last three years that Hindus are being tormented and with time they might be forced to vacate sindh, not only this but Sindhi Hindus had to get out of their  ever shrinking space and should stake their claim of ownership of Sindh. If house-owners helplessly gives up and prefers to migrate who will confront the perpetuators? They seem to be bit too ready to give up our claim !!

Nevertheless, In Sindh Hindus have been tormented by killings or by Kidnappings. The precedence of CHAK (Near Sharkarpur where 4 Hindu Doctors were shot dead in their clinic) is before us- Despite head of the state taking stern notice, killers were freed. Not only this had an high raking police officer confirm in anonymity of intense pressure to free the killers and force Hindus to migrate from Sindh.

One of the reason of deteriorating condition had been near pin drop silence of Political parties on  Chak incident. Why this happened ? Sindhi Hindus have been forced to migrate yet non of the so called sindhi parties bother to break roza of their silence!! I fail to comprehend weather these parties belong to sindh or to somewhere else ?

Post Chak no mass migration was noticed among Hindus but then what the hell happened all of sudden that set cat among the pigeons !!!! In any case there had been dozen of cases involving Hindu Girls. Let us take the case of Rinkle Kumari where the girl begged to go with her parents from Lower courts to highest count on the land. Even CJ Pakistan at an  occasion did clarify to Noved Shah (Her Kidnapper) that this case is clear cut that the girl wished to go with her mother.!!!!

Alas! From Rinkle kumari to Asha Kumari none of the political parties or any organization did ever bothered to take up her their case !!!

Almost all the political parties choose remain mute claiming Rinkle Issue of being a “Love Affair” Had they fought the case of Hindu Kidnapped with vigor it would had indeed added a new lease of live to an dormant Sindh. Surprisingly nobody bothered to question the verdict of CJ Pakistan why Rinkle & Asha were bluntly denied Justice ?

Question arises why did the sindh based parties backtracked? Whom they were trying to protect ??

In case the parties have been claiming that this is a mare case of three Girls and haven won’t fall apart  if we don’t intervene then it is quite obvious that they do not have any feel of the days to come. Those who remain silent,  are they not aware what the hell have been happening in sindh since the incidents of through Chak till that of Rinkle Kumari as what & why such games are being staged ?

When we have been writing that sindh should understand that such cases are not simple the mare cases of ad hoc killing and abduction, the sindh based parties not only remain silent mute spectators of the drama that was being unfolded but allowed all to happen.

Today when we are witnessing en mass migration of Hindus from Sindh, all off sudden they seem to wake up from slumber to raise hue & cry of Hindu migration and its effect of Sindh!!!.

Today the issue is not of condemning the stud silence of Sindhi parties but to take charge where these parties have made the mess with the view that they come to their senses. But despite all our clarion call these parties refuse to mend their laid out ways even from the prospective of Human Rights leave apart agony of Sindh from Chak to Rinkle kumari cases.

Sindh nationalist no more have the spine or fire power  that we had noticed in the past and  more importantly they show neither promise nor and potential to take up the challenge that Sindh is up to.

They have indeed limited  themselves of  protest which hardly lasts couple of days  before returning to their self imposed dormancy. Not to forget the ruling party which never bothered to even pull up its minister as on basis he is keeping Hindu girls in his custody ?

What are the reasons of such mass migration of Hindus from Sindh ?

I see two reasons one is to destroy Sind’s economy and other is to damage Sindhi Vote bank. If Hindus (Sindh’s Sindhi Business community) migrate Sind’s hold on Market in sindh would eventually suffer . If Hindus migrate Sindhi votes too would get a beating for sure and their majority would be hit pretty badly.

If we haven’t forgotten than let us remember 2010-11 when sindhi vote-bank took a bodyblow durning to successive Floods which led to migration of Sindhis within Sindh now with Hindu Migration form Sindh situation is obviously expected to get worse !!

Behind the Curtin there are no dearth of conspiracy which want to want sindh to loose its majority to the migrated ones – a process which is indeed running in its full swing!!

Coincidently the issues no matter how insignificant they seem but enough to bring havoc for sindhis in days to come. This is the reason why we need to get to the bottom of such issues

Alas! Sindhis could understand that migration of Hindus is not a mare issue for Hindus but is linked with the future of Sindh in days to come . “Fear for that day you Sindhis when we will have contest only for the reserved seats in your Sindh aka present day Hindu Sindhis”

But millon dollar question is how come Hindus forget what they have been taught in GITA!! Where soul is dedicated karma (service) . One should not bother about end result. Today Sindh is in pains where no body seem to be secure and under such circumstances if we migrate believing that our lives are not same, had anybody ever comprehend as what would be the condition of Sindh in days to come ??

We  all have failed to see Sindh its eyes ?

Although there no denying of the fact  that migration is painful under any circumstances but none the less in such an blind pursuit are we now leaving helpless & condemned  ?

Veengas@dailyibarat.com

Translated by : Rakesh Lakkani , Gandhidham, Kutch