Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani drawn Supreme Court’s attention toward attacks against Hindu community

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Islamabad (Oct 28, 2015): Member of National Assembly and Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani brought to the Supreme Court’s notice on Wednesday toward rising number of repeated incidents against the Hindu Community across the country, particularly in provinces Sindh and Balochistan.

Talking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Dr. Ramesh Vankwani told that the hearing in response of his two petitions submitted regarding the implementation of the rights of minorities, as per the SC detailed decision of June 29, 2014, drawn the honorable court’s attention as it succeed to continue, even after the break time.

On behalf of representative of Pakistani Hindus, different sensitive matters, including the repeated incidents of immature conversions, kidnappings and holy places, were brought into the notice of honorable court, he told the reporters. He particularly raised the issue of recent kidnapping of a Hindu lady, named Mrs. Vidya, from Balochistan, along with her two daughters, who according to her husband, is under custody at “Jamali Madarsa”. He appealed to the honorable Supreme Court for the early recovery, while terming the absence of Hindu Marriage Act as main reason behind such brutal incidents, including rising number of forced conversions among immature and under-age Hindu girls. In this regard, he also referred the most recent cases of Seema Oad, aged 11 years, from Nawab Shah and Pawan Kumar, aged 15 years, from Tando Allah Yar, mentioning in his petition that about 36 cases for last two months in province Sindh included 8 cases of Forced Conversions, 15 Rape cases, 3 Murder cases, and 8 Kidnapping while one Temple attack case and one Robbery was reported.

Despite the clear orders of the Honorable Supreme Court, the Task Force, Arbitration Council (Masalehti Council) has not been constituted by the Federal Government so far, prominent Hindu lawmaker said, urging the authorities to establish the Special Force for the protection of Non-Muslim Religious Places. “No implementation of Security Plan in Sindh has been initiated that’s why the incidents of such types are taking place and the people are being harassed, killed and suffering mental torture and agony.” Dr. Ramesh said, in the context of attack on the Mata Mandir in Hyderabad.

The illegal occupation of Shri Param Hans Ji Maharaj ‘s Samadhi is also against the social, moral, political and religious rights of Non-Muslims, which were promised by our founding father, Quad-e-Azam and also guaranteed in the Constitution of Pakistan, he added.

Dr. Ramesh Vankwani, however appreciated the NADRA, under the Federal Interior Ministry, for the recruitment of minorities, according to 5% quota, during the period from June 19, 2014 to up till. He claimed that over 70% federal level jobs for minorities are still vacant.

Answering a question, Dr. Ramesh said that the Hindu Gymkhana, located at Karachi, is under the possession of NAPA on lease, while it is the only one place which can be used for the programme of the Hindu Community and the same is also a Heritage Building, which cannot be allowed to be damaged. “So the vacant possession of Hindu Gymkhana is vested right of the Hindu Community, which seeks direction from the Honorable Court to the Sindh Government for vacated possession for the use of Community,” he emphasized.

The hearing was attended by four provincial Attorney Generals, DC Karak, and DIG Karachi, while the court has asked them to submit the compliance report at the time of next hearing on December 1.

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