Hindu Temple Attacked By Mob After 9-Year-Old Blasphemy-Accused Gets Bail In Rahim Yar Khan
A mob comprising enraged men vandalised a Hindu temple in Bhong, a town in Rahim Yar Khan, to protest against the bail granted to a 9-year-old Hindu boy accused of urinating in a madrassa.
Rangers were deployed in the area following Deputy Commissioner Dr Khurram Shehzad and DPO Asad Sarfraz’s visit to the town. A blasphemy case was registered against the boy on the complaint of a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim. Dawn quoted sources as saying that the Hindu elders had apologised for the boy’s action, saying that he was a minor and mentally challenged. However, when he was granted bail a few days ago, a number of local men got shops closed and urged the residents to hold protest against the development.
As if often the case during such incidents, the incitement led to violence and people with clubs and rods broke into the temple and vandalised it. A video of the incident went viral on social media where users have been urging the authorities to act against the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari condemned the incident in a tweet. “The attack on the Hindu temple in RYK is not simply condemnable but violates our constitution & the basic human rights of our citizens,” she wrote.
The attack on the Hindu temple in RYK is not simply condemnable but violates our constitution & the basic human rights of our citizens. MoHR in touch with RYK police since yesterday to ensure action ag perpetrators – got report – following up – our Parl Secy going to visit today.
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 5, 2021