karachi: Hindu temple vandalised in Karachi
Police said that renovation work was underway when the temple located inside a hall of a house at Karachi’s Korangi area came under attack.
According to police report, five men on motorcycles stopped at the temple and inquired about its pundit (caretaker) and his whereabouts.
Sanjeev Kumar, the complainant, stated that two workers painting the walls of the temple were present at the time of the attack. “When they (workers) told them about the unavailability of the pundit, the miscreants started pelting stones at the idols of Mari Mata,” the complaint report read, adding that the assailants also threatened the workers before fleeing from the crime scene.
Faisal Bashir Memon, Karachi’s senior police officer, told reporters that a case has been registered against the miscreants under sections of the law related to injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult it.
Desecration of temples, forced marriages, enforced disappearances and conversion to Islam under duress have been some of the major problems faced by Hindu families living in rural parts of Sindh. According to government’s record, 22,10,566 Hindus live in Pakistan with majority of them residing in rural parts of Sindh, sharing language and culture with Muslim residents.
Hindu temples had been desecrated in Pakistan in the past too. In October 2021, a historical temple located on the banks of the Indus River in Kotri was allegedly desecrated by unidentified people.
In August the same year, dozens of Muslim zealots had vandalised a Hindu temple in Bhong, a small town of Rahim Yar Khan District in Punjab, after bail was granted to an eight-year-old Hindu boy by a local court, who had been accused of allegedly urinating inside a local seminary.
On December 30, 2020, a Hindu temple was set ablaze in Karak district of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by a charged crowd on the orders of a local cleric. The attackers had surrounded and vandalised the temple for hours while police deployed at the site stood helplessly.
In October 2020, a group of men had vandalised idols at a temple in Nagarparkar in Sindh’s Tharparkar district. A suspect, who was later arrested, told police that he had done it for ransom.