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Hindu temple in Pakistan vandalized; triggers outrage

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Islamabad: A Hindu temple in Bhong city of Rahim Yar district in Pakistan was vandalized by a mob on Wednesday.

The video of the incident showed the mob on a rampage inside the temple, breaking the idols and destroying the structures in the premises.

Dr Ramesh Vankwani, a Pakistan lawmaker from the Hindu community, tweeted, “Attack on Hindu temple at Bhong City District Rahimyar Khan Punjab. Situation was tense since yesterday. Negligence by local police is very shameful. Chief Justice is requested to take action.”

In another tweet, he said, “Attack on Ganesh temple bhong Sharif Rahim Yar Khan Punjab. Highly condemnable act. Culprits must be arrested and punished strictly.”

In yet another video, the mob was seen rapidly moving towards the temple with sticks and stones in their hands.

Vankwani later said that the situation had been brought under control, but blamed the slow response of the police for the deterioration of the situation.

 

In the past

There has been an increase in number of attacks on Hindu temples and places of worship of minority communities in Pakistan.

In March this year, a Hindu temple in Rawalpindi, more than a 100 years old, was attacked by unidentified persons.

In December last year, a mob set a temple afire in Karak district of Kyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

 

 

 

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