Pakistan: Muslims destroy Hindu temple
"Every month there is an incident, like taking property of Hindu people or forced conversion of Hindu girls." Islamic Tolerance Alert from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: "Pakistani Hindus protest destruction of temple," from AP, December 2 (thanks to all who sent this in):
KARACHI: Pakistani Hindus on Sunday protested the destruction of a Hindu temple in Karachi. The temple was razed, along with some nearby homes, by a builder.Minority Hindus have complained of increasing harassment and discrimination in Muslim-dominated Pakistan in recent years, including the destruction or desecration of their places of worship.
Residents and members of the Hindu community said on Sunday a builder with a police escort razed the small temple in one of the older neighborhoods of Karachi, along with some surrounding buildings....
Hindus complain that girls are forcibly converted to Islam, there is no legal recognition for Hindu marriages, and Hindus are discriminated against when it comes to access to government jobs or schooling.
”Every month there is an incident, like taking property of Hindu people or forced conversion of Hindu girls,” he said.
During partition in 1947, the violent separation of Pakistan and India into separate countries, hundreds of thousands of Hindus decided to migrate to India, where Hinduism is the dominant religion.
Those who remained and their descendants now make up a tiny fraction of Pakistan’s estimated 190 million citizens. Most live in Sindh province in the southern part of the country.