In the light of reports of Daya Bheel’s brutal murder, Pakistani actress Ushna Shah has criticised the treatment of religious minorities in the country, according to media reports.
The ‘Bashar Momin’ actor took to her Twitter to express her displeasure with how Pakistani religious minorities are treated in the nation, Samaa TV reported.
She wrote, “Daya Bheel, a Sindhi Hindu, raped, murdered and decapitated in the most heinous manner yet barely any media outrage. Why aren’t we speaking about this.”
Daya Bheel, a 44-year-old widow and mother of 5, was raped and then murdered in the most brutal manner – her decapitated head was deskinned, breasts were chopped off and skin removed from other sensitive parts of the body. Her mutilated body was discovered in a field half a kilometre from her home in the Deputy Sahab village, 18 km from the Sindh’s Sanghar district office, Samaa TV reported.
In a follow-up tweet, Shah said that a large number of minorities in Pakistan has no voice, just like late Daya Bheel.
The ‘Habs’ star wrote, “I have some close Hindu-Pakistani friends. Wonderful, kind people, some are even like family to me. They happen to be from privileged homes. I shudder to think that their lives would have been bad if they had not been, like the majority of minorities, who have no voice #dayabheel.”
Last year, she had expressed solidarity with the minorities in the country on the 75th Independence Day.
Taking to Instagram, the actress had said, “I’ll celebrate Independence Day when the minorities in Pakistan are given the economic, physical and religious securities as well as the civic liberties promised to them. The very promise which laid the foundation of this country,” The Current reported.
Sadly, voices like Ushna Shah are rare in Pakistani society, and carry zero weight in a country which is completely dominated by the military-mullah nexus. Casual hatred for Hindus and Bharat is so normalized in Pakistan that a star cricketer like Shoaib Akhtar talking fondly about Ghazwa-e-Hind doesn’t even register as news worthy.
But still, one hopes that Bollywood celebs like Swara Bhasker and Anushka Sharma, who are often heard praising their Pakistani fans and Pakistani civil society, also develop the humanity and courage to speak up for the long-suffering Hindus of Pakistan, especially the girls and women who are targeted every day for sexual assault, forced conversion and marriage.
(With IANS inputs)