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India should issues visas to Pak Hindus and let them settle here
December 10 is observed as International Human Rights Day across the world. At global level one can see violation of human rights taking place even in so-called powerful nations but it is always the minority communities that are the worst sufferers.

IN THIS context, the pathetic condition of Hindus living in Pakistan is worth noticing. Hindu Sudhar Sabha (Welfare Organization of Hindus in Pak) has been engaged in organizing seminars and workshops to make the global community aware about the under-privileged minority community of Hindus in Sindh.

The other organizations like IPSS (Institute of Peace & Secular studies) are also working on similar lines. The good thing is that not only Hindus but Muslim and Christian volunteers are also members of these organizations. The names of few such personalities are Saeeda, JavedAftab (director of Gyan Foundation), Maqsud Francis, and Amarnath Randhawa etc.

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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