Hinglaj Mata is a Hindu temple in Hinglaj, on the Makran coast in the Lyari district of Balochistan in Pakistan. Legend has it that when goddess Sati, the consort of god Shiva burnt herself in response to her father's anger at her for not inviting Shiva to a ceremony, Shiva became furious and started to create disasters, problems, violence, and sufferings in the world. In order to calm his anger, god Vishnu took the body of Sati and began to cut it into 51 pieces where they all fell at different parts of the Earth. Hindus believe that the head of Sati fell in the area of Hinglaj Mata in Baluchistan. Thus, this area is a very significant region in the Hindu religion and a revered pilgrimage site.
Editor’s note: LUBP stands with its fellow Pakistani Hindus in these troubling times. While more is being written about Balochistan, most urban writers wilfully obfuscate the role of the primary agency that is calling the shots in Balochistan. Hint, its NOT the elected Government. After dumping the dead bodies of Baloch activist youth to crush the nationalist spirit, even Balochistan’s Hindus are not being spared. The Hindus of Sindh and Balochistan are an essential part of this area’s fabric which extends back to several millenia. Now they are being forcibly converted by the proxies of the Deep State while another Deep State proxy, the Judiciary, is entertaining the Right-wing Islamofascists and banning Facebook while freeing mass murderers and rapists. Token support for Pakistan’s Hindu communities is NOT enough, especially when those groups and organizations like Sipah-e-Sahaba which are part of those who re oppressing, persecuting and killing Pakistan’s Hindus, Christains, Sikhs, Shias, Ahmedis and Brehlvis are not named. Similarly, when the role of the Judiciary and the military establishment in perpetuating such oppression is not highlighted, it is a deliberate obstruction of the truth as they are the ones who are currently responsible for the tragic state of affairs in Balochistan.
Minorities in Balochistan, particularly Hindus, are increasingly being abducted for ransom and forced to convert to Islam, the Balochistan chapter of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said.
Addressing a news conference, the HRCP’s Tahir Hussain and Zahoor Shahwani said that as many as 50 people belonging to the Hindu community were abducted over the past three years and were freed after paying large sums of money in ransom, The Express Tribune reports.
The HRCP’s report expressed serious concerns over other human rights matters in the province, such as missing persons turning up as bullet-riddled bodies and incidences of target killing.
It also said that political activities to mobilise public opinion in Balochistan have come to a standstill, as no major political parties hold gatherings and rallies because of the current law and order situation.
Many Hindus have now stopped sending their children to school because of a lack of security. Traders, doctors and retailers are being kidnapped or threatened, said the chairman of the HRCP’s Balochistan chapter. He added that the son of a well-known Hindu doctor was recently kidnapped and a Hindu surgeon was kidnapped a month ago. He also said that most victims do not file a criminal case against their abductors out of fear.
Discovery of mutilated bodies of missing persons is on the increase. As many as 188 decomposed bodies have so far been dumped in Balochistan since June 4 last year.
Most of the victims were political leaders and activists and students. There have also been incidences of lawyers working on the cases of missing persons being killed.
Shahwani, a council member of the HRCP, said they had set up a special cell for collecting evidence and documents about missing persons. About 12 families submitted documents in connection with such cases. Those who ‘resurfaced’ were reluctant to record their statements and appear before the courts, he added.
According to the interior ministry, only 44 people are missing in Balochistan, while the relatives of missing persons in the province insist they have information about 1,300 missing persons.
The HRCP urged the government to refrain from brute force and instead concentrate on political solutions for Balochistan problems.
According to the HRCP, 83 people, including teachers, political activists and police officials, have been killed in 50 incidents of targeted killing this year, while 58 people had lost their lives and 74 were injured in 58 bomb blasts.
“The hoardings displayed in Hindu dominated areas of the province demanding security for members of the community reflect the state of lawlessness and the prevailing sense of fear,” the Daily Times quoted them, as saying.
Many Hindus have now stopped sending their children to school due to the lack of security, said the chairman of the HRCP’s Balochistan chapter, adding that traders, doctors and retailers are being kidnapped or threatened.
Hussain pointed out that the son of a well-known Hindu doctor was recently kidnapped and a Hindu surgeon was abducted a month ago.
He also noted that most victims do not file a criminal case against their abductors because of fear.
The HRCP also expressed serious concern over the increasing number of decomposed bodies of missing persons being recovered from different parts of the Pakistani province.
According to the Interior Ministry, only 44 people are missing in Balochistan, however, the relatives of missing persons in the province insist they have information about 1,300 missing persons.