A man has been arrested after a Hindu temple was demolished in southeast Sindh province of Pakistan.
The local police registered the FIR for the incident at Sri Ramdev Temple in Kareo Ghanwar area of Badin district and arrested a local Mohammad Ismail Sheedy, named by complainant Ashok Kumar as the man is believed to have caused the harassment .
Police officer Badin Shabir Sethar told local media that he has ordered an inquiry and sought an inquiry report within 24 hours.
He also said that he suspected that the accused was of impeccable mind. “We cannot confirm whether he (Ismail) is mentally stable and deliberately destroyed the idols (idols),” he said, adding that Ismail is also a drug addict.
Hindus are the largest minority community in Pakistan.
The community mainly resides in Sindh province. Kariyo Ghanwar is home to the Hindu Kolhi, Mengwar, Guwaria and Kariya communities.
According to official estimates, 7.5 million Hindus live in Pakistan.
Incidents of violence against minority communities have been reported frequently in Sindh.
Condemning the vandalism, Anila Gulzar, a London-based Pakistani human rights activist and spokesperson for justice minorities in Pakistan, said only 20 of the 428 temples survived.
“I strongly condemn the brutal action taken against the Shri Ram temple in Badin Sindh Pakistan on 10 October. There are only 20 temples left in Sindh out of 428, ”Gulzar said in a Facebook post.
In May, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemned the attack on the homes of people belonging to Hindu and Christian communities in the city of Bahawalpur in Punjab province.
A video of a similar incident surfaced on the internet earlier this year in which a minority Hindu community colony was demolished in Bhawalpur. The demolition was carried out under the supervision of Home Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema and the country’s chief information officer Shahid Khokhar in the Imran Khan government.
(With inputs from agencies)
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