Pakistan Hindu family persecuted for obtaining water from a mosque tap
Rahim Yar Khan: A Hindu family faced persecution in Pakistan's Punjab province for allegedly obtaining water from a mosque tap.
The village landlords reportedly held the family hostage for “violating the sanctity” of the place.
The incident took place a few days back when Alam Ram Bheel, a resident of Basti Kahoor Khan in the city suburbs, was picking raw cotton (phutti) along with his other family members, including his wife, in a field of Chak 106-P, reports Dawn News.
Ram told the Pakistani newspaper that when the family went outside a nearby mosque to fetch drinking water from a tap, some local landlords and their men beat them up.
When the family was returning home after unloading the picked cotton, the landlords held them hostage at their dera (outhouse) and tortured them again.
Some Muslim residents of Basti Kahoor Khan later ensured the release of the Hindu family.
Ram Bheel told Dawn News the Airport police station did not register the case as the attackers were related to a local PTI parliamentarian.
Ram said he held a sit-in outside the police station, along with another clan member Peter Jhon Bheel to protest the highhandedness.
Also a member of the district peace committee, Peter Jhon Bheel told Dawn that they approached PTI MNA Javed Warriach who helped them lodge the FIR under sections 506, 154, 379, 148 and 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code on Friday last.
Jhon said he requested other members of the district peace committee to call an emergency meeting over the issue but they did not take him seriously.
PTI’s south Punjab minority wing secretary general Yodhister Chohan told Dawn the incident was in his knowledge but due to the influence of a ruling party MP he preferred to stay away.