New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released a study on Pakistani Hindus forced to flee to India due to discrimination, atrocities on women and persecution in almost all walks of life and the government of India remaining insensitive to their plight, rather shy to take up their cause with Pakistan.
The study report on “Gross Violation of Human Rights of Minorities in Pakistan, prepared by Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini ofMumbai, after on-the-spot study of the migrants camping in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh will be released here on Monday by BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani on the occasion of the international human rights day. Noting that hundreds of Hindu and Sikh citizens of Pakistan have recently fled to India, the study report says: “Incidents of abduction and forced marriage or rapes are common place, women are afraid of going to schools or colleges due to kidnappings and forced marriages on the campuses have increased manifold.”
The report also observed that for Hindus in Pakistan the situation has become worse than what it was in 1947, left with only three options: to convert, to flee, or to die. On the economic persecution of Hindus, the report says, “There are several instances of a complete violation of economic freedom. Hindus owning property cannot sell it at their will. If they have other assets, the same are snatched away at gunpoint. Their businesses have to pay heavy amounts to radical groups and local gangs for survival.
Many Hindu traders cannot claim their dues from a Muslim and are often left at the latter’s mercy.” Observing that Hindus in Pakistan also have to face slavery and untouchability, the report says, “The lower caste Hindus and also those who are economically poor are subjected to bonded labour. They are treated worse than animals and all international norms of labour practices are openly violated.”
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