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Sindhi Hindus are dying, where is the outrage?

In Pakistan, an 18-year-old Sindhi-Hindu girl, Pooja Kumari (Oad), was shot dead in Rohi, Sukkur, following a failed abduction attempt by radical extremists. According to regional Sindhi media, the girl was shot in the middle of the street after she put up resistance against her attackers.

Similarly, Nandlal Meghwar, a Hindu minor boy from Chachro, Sindh, was found hanging from a tree. He was brutally beaten, and then his throat was slit with a sharp object.

Satari Oad was kidnapped by Umer Ali and Shoukat Ali in Umerkot, Sindh. She was later forcefully converted to Islam and married off to Md. Umar Shafi Mangio. She is 13. Anita Meghwar was abducted from her home at Tando Jan Muhammad, Sindh, and she was forcefully converted too, now she’s forced to marry her abductor. Hindu minor girl Naina Kohli was raped and murdered in Hyderabad, Sindh. Her body was thrown in a well. Hindu minor Meera Bhat was abducted from Mirpurkhas, Sindh, and forcefully converted to Islam. She is 11.

The incidents mentioned above have transpired in the past 30 days. In Sindh, Pakistan, Hindus are suffering, but the influential majority’s silence is painful. Where’s the outrage? Why are Bharatiyas silent about the atrocities the same people face on whom the partition was imposed.

In 1947, the population of Sindhi Hindus was 13%, and now that percentage has dropped to 1.5%. Pakistan is waging a war against Sindhi-Hindus, and our brothers and sisters are being kidnapped, raped, tortured, and converted forcibly. Our silence will rip apart the very history of the Asian subcontinent. We have already lost thousands of our daughters to extremists. We have lost thoughts of Hindu women to our silence.

Another forcefully converted and dead Sindhi Hindu in Pakistan- another dead body with uncomfortable silence from the world. I’ve been writing about this on my Instagram for the past four years, but I’ve yet to see a single Sindhi Hindu celebrity join me in exposing Pakistan. Sindhi Hindus in Bharat are addicted to secularism, and they’re just not ready to hear more about this genocide. They must wake up. They’re failing Jhulelal by staying silent when their own brothers and sisters face the worst genocide ever known to humankind.

I don’t know what to type anymore. There are 8 million (80 lakh) Sindhis in Bharat and around 40 million (4 crores) in Pakistan. Why is everyone silent about this?

When lions attack a stray sheep, others in the herd stand in silence and watch. That’s why sheep are considered weak, easy to tame, and forgettable. However, when a pack of wolves is threatened, they launch a counter-attack to defend their vulnerable and young. The different attitude toward the attack has different outcome. We must not be a sheep standing in the silence even when our Hindu sisters in Sindh are being kidnapped, raped, and murdered. We must all howl and grieve today and work towards protecting other girls from becoming a victim of extremists.

Myanmar’s government faced the world when they mistreated Rohingyas. Now it’s time for Pakistan to face a harsh global boycott and punishment for killing our Sindhi Hindu brothers and sisters.

(This article was published on The Time of India on April 7, 2022 and has been reproduced here with minor edits to conform to HinduPost style-guide.)

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