Religious discrimination is a never-ending issue in Pakistan which has been continuing for a long time and there is no remedy till now. In a population of over 20 crores, approximately 3.4 million people belong to the Hindu community and the majority of which are Dalits or people of Scheduled Castes.
Minorities were never treated equally, an existing issue which Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan promised to sort out the woe but hasn’t really brought about any change so far. Even under his leadership, so many Hindus are still going through painful torture like the religious conversion (Hinduism to Islam) and forced marriages to elderly men.
Hindu Parents have lost their daughters to Muslim men after forced marriages and shockingly, they haven’t seen them since 8-9 years. In a recent incident, a 12-year-old Hindu girl by the name of Sonia Kumari (A Dalit girl) in Umerkot Sindh province was abducted from her home and then was taken to local Madrasah where she was forcibly married to a 45-year-old man who is in fact, older than her own father.
Shockingly, the man has 3 wives and his daughters are even elder to this girl. When the victim’s parents came to know this, they went to the spot and cried in front of them to let her go. But the madrasah stated that she fell in love with this aged man and then converted to Islam of her own will and then threw them out.
FYI, thousands of such abductions happen every year and hardly one of two cases draw media attention and this is a reality about how minorities are treated in Pakistan, which proudly calls itself a democracy. We are leaving it to your imagination about how Hindus are treated harshly.
Pakistan Prime Minister might have ordered a probe into these cases, but the reality is that they wouldn’t sort out the woes at the first place. Instead, they claim that people willingly accepted to undergo religious conversion and marriage. Also, there are other horrifying cases which happen behind the scenes that go unnoticed or unreported.
As the leaders of the nation, they should make sure that equality is spread among the citizens. The politicians in TV channels claim that they would do anything to make the nation better if they are voted to power but their statements carried no weight.