Karachi, July 28 : Hindus in Sindh province have expressed concerns at the rise in the number of instances of robberies of cash and valuables belonging to Hindus. They demanded of the federal government to take measures to prevent such incidents and protect minority communities in the country.
To make their demand heard, a large number of Hindus took part in a protest at the Karachi Press Club against the recent robbery in Jacobabad where armed men entered a Hindu temple and robbed some 350 Hindu women of cash and jewellery worth millions of rupees.
Office bearers and members of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) said that due to such incidents, the life of common man had become miserable.
"The law and order situation in Sindh has worsened to the extent that dacoits and robbers have established strongholds in the province and are making life difficult for common citizens," the Daily Times quoted former Sindh MPA Dr Ramesh Lal as saying.
Lal said that the police and other law enforcement agencies had failed to provide security to the citizens. "The dacoits have robbed valuables worth approximately Rs 70 million and after the recent incident in Jacobabad, members of the minority communities, especially women, are even afraid to go their religious places. Therefore, we demand that the government immediately arrest the dacoits and ensure safety measures for minorities," PHC Secretary General Hari Motwani said and added that the incident took place in broad daylight and yet the police were unable to prevent it.
"The robberies, coupled with the kidnappings of Hindus in the northern districts of Sindh, have created panic and insecurity amongst the minorities," said PHC President Raja Assermal Manglani, adding that the government needed to ease their fears.