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When Will Justice be Done for 6-Year old Hindu Girl Raped in Karachi?Salem-News.com
Journalists attempting to report the story of Vijanti have been threatened.
(KARACHI, Pakistan) - On 4th December 2012, six-year old Vijanti Meghwar was brutally raped in Ghulam Nabi Shah village, district Taluka Pithoro Umerkot, in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Vijanti belongs to the Meghwar community of the country’s minority Hindu population. She was found unconscious and lying in the street. Such a heinous crime was made easier by the fact that the Meghwars are Hindu and therefore powerless and helpless against mass intolerance and bigotry.
A number of community organizations held rallies for the justice for the 6-year old girl. This put pressure on the local police and three days after the incident, Pithoro police registered a case on the complaint of Bhano Meghwar, the uncle of the victim girl, against unknown persons.
Now the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan is nothing new. Violence and atrocities against the minority population of Pakistan has continued for many years, but the minorities are increasingly being treated worse than animals. Kidnapping of their girls and sexually assaulting their innocent children has crossed all bounds of humanity.
"Journalists attempting to report the story of Vijanti have also been threatened. Under these circumstances is it any surprise that the persecution of Minorities in Pakistan rarely gets reported?," said Naveed Paul.
The tragic case of Vijanti is therefore not an isolated phenomenon. In August 2012 a Christian minor girl from Sahiwal, a city in Punjab, Pakistan, was murdered after being "gang raped" by a group of five Muslim men.
On July 11, 2012 Pastor Aurangzeb's was sister kidnapped by some influential Muslims when she was coming back home after taking exams. She was rapped over the course of many days by Muslims Men, and subsequently forcibly converted and forcibly married. Her abductors had powerful political connections and after two months the country’s lower court ruled against her parents.
Kidnappings, rapes, forcible conversions, land grabbing, blasphemy laws and constant harassment are therefore a daily routine for Minorities who dare to remain in their homeland of Pakistan and suffer the humiliation of being third class citizens and subhumans in the eyes of the majority and legal system.
LEAD Chief Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill condemns this tragic incident and demands justice for 6-year old Vijanti who was brutally raped.
LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated and committed to work with passion for Children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice, specially for discrimination, forced labor and forced conversion and falsely accused of blasphemy laws. We request to be partner in this mission with LEAD, as followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God's love to serve all people regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
Source: LEAD Pakistan
Special thanks to Mushtaq Gill
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