Probe Into Temple Desecration Demanded in Pakistan

via http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=244057 published on June 30, 2010

The representatives of Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), while demanding probe into the desecration of the statues of the Hindu gods at Tharparkar temple, have appealed to the government to expose the elements that have been targeting the minority community.

According to them, a resident of the area barged into the Saint Nenuram’s Aasharam temple in Islamkot, Tharparkar, on Sunday (June 6) and desecrated the statues of Hindu gods and goddess. The said man has been lodged in the jail but no investigation to this effect was being carried out.

Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Patron PHC Ramesh Kumar Vankwani said that Hindus constitute 55 per cent of the total population in Tharparkar and they have always been living in harmony with their Muslim brothers. “But some dangerous elements have been trying to sabotage the peace between the people of the two faiths and the said incident has deeply offended the Hindu community throughout the country,” he added.

Vankwani said that the violent incidents against the community have increased and the community was feeling threatened. “Every month, some 20 to 25 kidnappings are taking place in the province, while several places of our worship, including 10 to 12 temples in Karachi, have been illegally occupied. Similarly, our temple in Manora has been occupied by the Navy for the last two years and we are yet to get its custody,” he added.

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