In the name of ‘honour’: Brazen Shikarpur killings shake Hindu community

Published: November 10, 2011

Bodies of the murdered Hindu victims are being taken near the Sadhu Bela Temple in Sukkur. PHOTO: SARFARAZ MEMON

SUKKUR: 

Most shops in Taluka Chak in Shikarpur were open on Wednesday but there was an uneasy calm. Three Hindu men are dead and no one knows the whereabouts of Seema Bhayo, the girl at the centre of the storm. Residents fear that she may also have been killed. The police have no clue.

It is a simple tale of a love affair that turned tragic. The president has ordered an inquiry into the matter. Not to be outdone, the Sindh home minister has suspended the SHO of the area but neither of these moves brought any comfort to the families who lost their loved ones.

The brutal attack took place on Monday, the first day of Eid, when four armed men on two motorcycles barged into the house of one Naresh Kumar, where he and his friends Dr Ajeet Kumar, Dr Satya Pal and Ashok Kumar were present. The intruders opened fire and killed Ashok and Naresh on the spot, injuring  Dr Ajeet Kumar and Dr Satya Pal.

Dr Ajeet Kumar later died of his wounds at a Sukkur Hospital, more so because no one was willing to take him to the hospital. The policemen who were supposed to guard the house were nowhere to be seen. They did not turn up that day, despite the fact that they had been stationed on fear that such an attack was imminent.

The “crime” that these four men apparently committed was that they intervened on behalf of two young men of their community who had been apprehended two weeks earlier and charged with criminally assaulting a Muslim girl. The real story, as told by area residents, was that Seema and Sandeep Kumar fell in love and were caught while they were meeting at the house of Sandeep’s friend, Nakash Kumar.

This correspondent also visited Qazi mohalla where Seema’s home is situated on the right side of the road and the shops of Sandeep and Nakash were on the left side. A neighbour said that Seema and Sandeep used to meet at Nakash’s house. On that fateful day, area residents saw them going in and raided the house and thus the affair was revealed.

It was the promise of a better life which attracted Seema towards Sandeep, said another resident, adding that Seema’s father Nazir Ahmed Bhayo was a mason by profession. When the couple was caught, the Hindu community intervened to settle the matter. President of the Hindu Panchayat in Chak, Prem Kumar, said “We went to the Bhayo elders and told them that we are ready to pay any fine to reconcile the matter.”

Area resident Moulvi Allah Bux confirmed that the Hindu community were trying to reconcile with the Bhayo clansmen and for this they had met Sardar Babul Bhayo, who gave them a positive response and told them that the date of the reconciliatory meeting would be announced on the second day of Eid. But before the meeting could be held, the murders were committed.

While Babul Khan Bhayo was not available, clan chieftan Sardar Wahid Bux Bhayo  said that it was the Hindu community which had resorted to aggression by sexually assaulting a Bhayo girl. According to him, the three Hindus were killed in retaliation for that incident. But he added that he condemned both incidents.

On Tuesday, hundreds participated in the last rites of the three men. The rituals were performed near the Sadhu Bela temple in Sukkur.

Following the notice by the president, the Chak police has swung into action. During raids in different localities, they have apprehended more than 25 people. DIG Larkana Sain Rakhiyo Mirani said that the murder was an act of terrorism. But the Hindu community maintains that the real perpetrators of the crime have so far not been arrested.

(Read: Violence against Hindus)

Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2011.

Reader Comments (22)

  • csmann
    Nov 10, 2011 - 5:05AM

    if they had a grudge against the boy,the matter should have been taken with him and his family;why these innocent citizens who were doing the job of reconciliators.Has no bhayo man ever married or have an affair with a hindu girl? A severe,just and rapid justice needs to be meted out here,and perpetrators hanged ,so that people can learn civilized behaviorRecommend

  • American Desi
    Nov 10, 2011 - 5:24AM

    What do you expect when prevailing education system itself provides justification depict the Hindu community to be inferior and immoral? What a blot this country has become to the civilization!

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  • Nov 10, 2011 - 5:28AM

    Deplorable !
    Could have been settled amicably.
    Why is violence always the answer in Pakistan ?

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  • Yogesh
    Nov 10, 2011 - 6:56AM

    Oh ! a muslim girl in love with a Hindu boy and both end up being killed, nothing unusual in that.

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  • anwar
    Nov 10, 2011 - 7:44AM

    Usually it’s all about property. They should pass a law that if a couple represent two different religions they will renounce all claims to their inheritance. Atleast they would be safe.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 10, 2011 - 8:08AM

    So a Muslim girl cannot marry a boy who is a Hindu in Pakistan , while marriage , forced marriage and conversions and abductions of Hindu girls in Sindh is common ?

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  • k-sh
    Nov 10, 2011 - 8:34AM

    the same barking for silly things happening in other countries!!!!! how can we expect humanity from this society, which hs been providing worst, hatred filled education system in the world since the primary schools,, pathetic mind

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  • Terrorising and true
    Nov 10, 2011 - 8:38AM

    Yes Pakistan.. You are the protector of Islam in the world. Go ahead and finish anything and everything that is not Islamic…

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  • akash
    Nov 10, 2011 - 9:03AM

    Which century they live in !! 1700s

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  • Sarah
    Nov 10, 2011 - 9:36AM

    They are not considered citizens in their own country.

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  • H Q
    Nov 10, 2011 - 10:33AM

    In a land where millions of people are facing all sorts of trouble, we’re stuck in minute affairs such as this one.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Nov 10, 2011 - 12:53PM

    @Yogesh:
    Same happens in India when a Hindu girl falls for a Muslim boy!!!

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  • Sanity
    Nov 10, 2011 - 3:00PM

    How can a Hindu boy like a Muslim girl…….But the reverse is fine
    How can a Muslim boy/girl convert to Hinduism………….But the reverse is not only fine, but highly appreciated.

    What kind of pathetic society it is.

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  • Sanity
    Nov 10, 2011 - 3:43PM

    @Iftikhar-ur-Rehman:
    Yes, you are right that is why SRK’s wife is Hindu, Saif’s girl friend is Hindu and many many more examples.

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  • Chimera
    Nov 10, 2011 - 3:54PM

    No one to help a dying man, just because he was a Hindu? Is this Islamic justice?Recommend

  • OhLaLa
    Nov 10, 2011 - 4:03PM

    @Yogesh and Akash
    I guess you’re too blinded by your Pak-bashing rush, to notice the irony in your comment. Countless stories of hindu-muslim, hindu-christian couples being lynched get reported in India. Forget inter-racial couples arn’t you guys also from a country where societal and institutional caste discrimination hierarchy still exists? Get off the high horse and take a reality check!

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  • sandeep limaye
    Nov 10, 2011 - 5:54PM

    in India so many Muslim boys i know personally who married to Hindu girls and living happy lives
    in India inter religious marriages are quite common my own staff member Ambereen qureshi’s brother married a Hindu girl recently. and i mean so many means so many. India is quite a liberal society dude

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  • Disappointed
    Nov 10, 2011 - 9:04PM

    The problem is that Pakistan has receded as a society into the 1400s. And reading the comments on this article, I see no real hope, not until they really change. BTW I have at least two Muslim Indian friends who have married Hindu girls and are happily married. Interestingly, in one’s case nobody minded, in the other, the Muslim part of the family threw a fit (apart from one family member who had married a Christian and also been ostracized). I have also known Hind boys marrying Muslim girls, and there has been little impact.

    I fault the parents for the failure of Pakistani society. And we see it here in the US too. I have seen Pakistani origin kids drop out of school. Gradually the community is being viewed by the local US population as plain weird.

    If I was a member of a minority in Pakistan, (Christian, Ahmedi, Shia, Hindu, Sikh, Baloch, Pakhtun, etc.) I would be looking for a way out. I will wager that no one, including the Chinese is interested in a longterm engagement with Pakistan. For example the amount of Chinese aid for the flood victims is very little. Until this society changes, good luck.

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  • Just asking
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:31AM

    Local papers publish the story that the girl was raped by the boy and his 5 friends and video filmed. The affair was was between the boy and Muslim girl and then boy invited other friends on Diwali to taste Muslim meat. But the condemnation and support from the govt and society is overwhelming as this is Sindh not Indian Gujrat or Punjab’s Gojra where people are burned alive as they belong to different religion: http://thekawish.com/homepage/mainnews4.html
    Even ask any SHia or Ahmadi how much media and govt attention is given when tens of their peoples are killed on monthly basis and compare it to the response to these three killings whatever reason is there…!

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  • Hari
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:34AM

    Sandeep, your point is noted.
    I don’t think you had to mention your staff members name on a public forum. That was inconsiderate.

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  • akash
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:49AM

    @OHlala : do you understand English, where did I say Pakistan… and I am very well aware of what happens in India.. my comment was meant for barbarians who do this kind of disgusting act… be it in any country. How prejudiced, seriously!!Recommend

  • csmann
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:02AM

    @Just asking:

    everybody knows that a conspiracy theory will be put forward from people like you;off course the muslim population will believe that;and case will be closed;islam wins again

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