World Sindhi Congress has always been bringing the forum’s attention to the situation of Sindhi women in Pakistan with particular reference to the rights and access to education of indigenous communities of Sindh, e.g Kohli Bheels, Meghwars and Kohlis.
Pakistan never made systematic efforts to improve female primary education. It was once assumed that the reasons behind low female school enrolments were cultural, but research conducted by global social scientists and donor agencies revealed that danger to a woman's honour was parents' most crucial concern.
Hindu women in Pakistan are no different from their Muslim counterparts. Recently, Jamuna, a 20-year-old girl in Sindh said that she had never been to the school. They are not safe even inside their houses and what will happen if they go to schools, only God knows. Recently, we heard an inspirational story of bold Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai and her friend who dared to speak in favour of girls' education despite threats from Taliban.
A senior lady of Sindh, Laxmibai alleged that they have not celebrated festivals like Holi and Diwali for last 40 years in Pakistan. BM Sethi of VHP said that forcible conversion of Hindus is being done; women are being kidnapped, raped and exploited. Attack on religious places and temples is common in the country. The social discrimination and looting of Hindu properties are not a new phenomenon as it has been occuring from the days of the partition of sub-continent. Poor Hindus are forced to lead and live lives of bonded labourers.
The matter has been taken to United Nations to stop the immediate exploitation of Hindus. Government of India should initiate the process of issuing visas to such families so that they can resettle in India. They are suffering for none of their faults.
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