A century-old Hindu temple in Rawalpindi, Pakistan was attacked and desecrated by Islamic extremists on Sunday, 27 March.
A 100 yr old #Hindu temple in Rawalpindi has been attacked and desecrated by extremists on 27th March.
Worship places belonging to the religious minorities have been neglected by the authorities for years. We too have the right to worship.#ProtectMinoritiesReligiousPlaces pic.twitter.com/8VE8m17a1U
— Voice of Pakistan Minority (@voice_minority) March 30, 2021
As per a Samaa TV report, the attack took place in Purana Qila area of city on Sunday night:
“According to the police, renovations had been underway for over a month. On March 24, multiple encroachments in front of its main gate were removed.
An FIR of the attack has been registered by the assistant security officer of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, Syed Raza Abbas Zaidi. “Between 7pm and 8pm on Sunday, a group of men broke into the temple and damaged its main gate and staircase,” the complaint stated….adding that the men tried to set the temple on fire.
The complainant has requested the police for security outside the temple. So far, no arrests have been made. The police are, on the other hand, conducting raids.”
The report adds some other recent incidents of temple and Hindu scriptures desecration reported from Pakistan:
“On December 30, 2020, a historic Hindu temple was set ablaze in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak. The attackers surrounded and vandalised the temple for hours and no police came to the rescue. The Supreme Court ordered an inquiry.
In October, a group of men vandalised murtis at a temple in Sindh’s Nagarparkar. A pre-Partition Hindu temple was demolished in Karachi’s Lyari on August 16. “The Hanuman temple dated back almost 200 years and was a place of worship for families living in the neighbourhood,” Pakistan Hindu Council Patron-in-Chief and MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani said at the time.
In February 2019, an arson attack on a Hindu temple spread unrest in Kumb in Sindh’s Khairpur. Unidentified men had entered Sham Sundar Shewa Mandli temple and set fire to three sacred books and murtis.”
This attack comes on the same day as Islamists in Bangladesh went on a rampage, vandalizing a Kali temple in Brahmanbaria and destroying public property. Islamists from Hefazat-e-Islam, a group which the Sheikh Hasina government has been pandering to for many years, were opposed to PM Modi’s visit at the invitation of the Bangladeshi government to celebrate 50 years of the country’s independence.
The day before, on Saturday, PM Modi offered prayers at the centuries-old Jeshoreshwari Kali temple, a Shaktipeeth, in Ishwaripur village in southwestern Bangladesh and announced that Bharat will build a multipurpose community hall for the worshippers. Observers believe this simple act might have further enraged Islamists who were already fuming at the government crackdown on their anti-Modi protests on Friday.
Frequent desecrations of Hindu temples in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and even parts of Bharat with significant non-Hindu populations, shows that the mindset which led to our country’s partition in 1947 is not just alive, but has gained even more strength today. Unless Hindus act on these signs and transform Bharat into a Hindu Dharmic rashtra with the explicit mandate to protect and preserve Dharma, the coming decades could well see the entire region descend into chaos and religious violence.
(Featured image source: OpIndia)
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