ISLAMABAD: Minorities in Pakistan have protested an alleged attack on a Hindu woman on false charges of theft, local media reported. A large number of people gathered outside the district police office and district commissioner’s office in Bahawalpur on Monday to protest against atrocities against minorities in Pakistan. Protesters said a Hindu woman was falsely accused of theft and assaulted on the pretext. The victim, Yazman, was a resident of Mandi area and worked as a domestic worker.
Local media reported that a group of men allegedly attacked his home and assaulted him. He was taken to a local rural health center where the doctor refused to treat him and did not give him a medical certificate, the protesters said. The rally was addressed by some minority leaders, who demanded a fair investigation into the matter. They demanded action against the accused and the doctor.
Notably, the plight of minorities in Pakistan, including abductions, murders, rapes and forced conversions, is a matter of grave concern. Violence against women and minorities is on the rise in Pakistan. Abuse of strict blasphemy laws to satisfy personal grudges against minorities and even members of the Muslim community is rampant in the country. Minorities are constantly subjected to killings and inhuman brutality in the name of blasphemy, conversion to Islam and other communal differences.
The situation of Hindu and Christian groups in Pakistan is generally worse, but women of these communities are the most victims of the authorities, political parties, religious groups, feudal structures and discriminatory attitudes of the Muslim majority. Forced conversions and marriage dilemmas put minority women at risk, and securing the rights of minority women has become particularly complicated in Pakistan.