Hindus protest in Pakistan against alleged desecration of woman’s remains

Karachi: Members of the Hindu community, accompanied by Muslims, staged a protest in the town of Kalat in southwestern Pakistan. Balochistan province over the alleged desecration of the remains of a woman from the minority community, a news outlet reported on Monday.

A representative of the Hindu community said the Hindu woman died recently and her relatives cremated her in the shamshan ghat (cremation ground). His remains were still in the cremation ground when unidentified people burned them last night, the Dawn newspaper reported.

After going to the crematorium, her remains were thrown away and the remains were desecrated, he alleged.

In the past, he said, the door to the crematorium had been stolen and they had complained to the district administration about it, but the administration did nothing.

Hundreds of members of the Hindu community marched through the city’s roads on Sunday to register their protest, the newspaper said.

Traders belonging to the minority community closed their shops and gathered in the Shahi Bazaar area and joined the march.

To show their solidarity with the Hindu community, Muslim religious leaders and political parties also joined the protest. The demonstrators chanted slogans against the local administration, according to the newspaper.

Speaking at the protest rally, community leaders condemned the incident and demanded that the police arrest those involved in the act which hurt the feelings of the whole community.

Some Muslim religious leaders also addressed the rally and backed the demands of the Hindu community.

The protesters called off their sit-in after negotiations with the local administration. They said they would stage a protest again if the culprits were not arrested immediately.

Hindus form the largest minority community in Pakistan.

Pakistan is home to 22,10,566 people from the minority Hindu community, who make up only 1.18% of the country’s total registered population of 18, 68, 90,601, according to a report by the Center for Peace and Justice Pakistan.

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