Hindu family in Pak tortured, held hostage for fetching drinking water from mosque
Fetching drinking water from a mosque in Pakistan's Punjab province landed a family of poor farmers from the minority Hindu community in trouble as some people tortured and held them, hostage, for "violating the sanctity" of their place of worship, a media report said on Monday.
Bheel said when the family went outside a nearby mosque to fetch drinking water from a tap, some local landlords beat them up, the Dawn newspaper reported.
When the family was returning home after unloading the picked cotton, the landlords held them hostage at their dera (outhouse) and tortured them again for "violating the sanctity" of the mosque, it said.
Peter requested other members of the district peace committee to call an emergency meeting over the issue but they did not take the matter seriously, the report said.
District Police Officer Asad Sarfraz said that he was looking into the matter.
Asked about the 'inactive' peace committee, the officer claimed it was "fully functional".
Farooq Rind, a senior lawyer and former district bar president, said he also belonged to the Basti Kahoor area where the Wheels had been living for more than a century. He said that most of the clan members were farmworkers and extremely poor.
Rind said the accused landlords were notorious for picking up fights with other villagers over petty issues. He promised free legal aid for the complainant family, the report said.
Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country.
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