When Pakistan came into existence in 1947, 24 per cent of the population were Hindus. And now look at the percentage of Hindus in Pakistan, just below two per cent. What happened to the rest?
by Bharati Krishna
The plight of Hindus living in Pakistan and Bangladesh is not an issue to the world, in particular India. They have been ruthlessly killed or converted to Islam in these religious nations. The remaining Hindu population in these countries have no human rights and they are considered as second-class citizens. Since the formation of these two Islamic republics, the Hindus living there have been terrorized and subjected to forcible conversions.
When Pakistan came into existence in 1947, 24 per cent of the population were Hindus. And now look at the percentage of Hindus in Pakistan, just below two per cent. What happened to the rest? Majority of them have been mercilessly killed by the Islamic fanatics and the rest forcibly converted to Islam.
The same happened in the case of Bangladeshi Hindus. The percentage of Hindu population in Bangladesh in 1947 (then East Pakistan) was numbered at 31. But with course of time it has been declined and stationed at nine per cent now. Massive religious conversion and ruthless murders of the Hindus were the reasons for this decline.
When the world asks about the human rights violations of many other groups in various countries, it never asks what happened to those Hindus in Pakistan. The so-called secular government of India have not bothered about the serious issue so far.
During the period 1970-1971 over two million Hindus are reported to have been killed in East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh. Activists point out that numerous Hindu women were kidnapped and raped during this period.
“Hindus suffer constant threats to their lives, security and property in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Many Hindu temples have been despoiled and wiped out there. There are regular reports of illegal encroachments on Hindu temples and lands, looting of Hindu property, discrimination, persecution, molestation and abduction of Hindu girls,” says a Muslim activist who fights against the atrocities of Hindus in Pakistan.
Dr Sabyasachi Ghosh-Dastidar in his book, Empire’s Last Casualty: Indian Subcontinent’s vanishing Hindu & other Minorities, points out that over three million Hindus have been killed in the process of Islamisation in the area now known as Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) since India was partitioned in 1947. This loss of three million lives remains suppressed from the world.
The sad thing is that, the so-called secular media which cry for all unwanted things have been silent spectators of this ethnic cleansing. And the Indian government also does nothing regarding this even though the country has the moral responsibility to protect the Hindus. Actually denying human rights to Hindus infringes UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, but what to do when these rights are reserved only for a few.