Hindu temple in Hyderabad broken into, set on fire

Published: March 29, 2014
Rangers stand guard outside a temple in Site on Friday. PHOTO: INP

Rangers stand guard outside a temple in Site on Friday. PHOTO: INP

Rangers stand guard outside a temple in Site on Friday. PHOTO: INP A Hindu woman prays inside the Kali Mata temple in Hyderabad. The Hanuman temple desecrated on Friday is located in the same compound. PHOTO: INP

A small temple belonging to the Hindu scheduled-caste community was desecrated on Friday morning.

Three unidentified attackers entered the temple of the Hindu deity, Hanuman, in the SITE area of Latifabad at around 7am. The men prayed for two minutes and then broke Hanuman’s idol before setting the temple on fire. This temple is located in the same compound as the more popular temple of Kali Mata.

“They asked me to let them in because they wanted to pray,” said Darshan, a student of class five, who has been looking after the temple for the last five months. “But, once they entered, they broke the idol, sprayed kerosene oil and set everything ablaze.” The temple’s caretaker, Revo Meghwadh, died five months  ago, after being bitten by a snake inside the temple.

According to Darshan, the faces of the attackers were partly covered so he will not be able to identify them. They escaped without facing any resistance, he added. The fire, which gutted the photos of the Hindu deities hanging on the walls, was put out by the locals.

The temple is located in Kali Mata Colony on the foothills of the Ganjo Takkar mountain range. The colony, inhabited by around 500 to 600 scheduled-caste families, is named after the historic Kali Mata temple, which was located in a mountain cave before the new temple was built. Hanuman’s temple is situated at the colony’s entrance, some 350 to 400 feet away from the Kali Mata’s temple. The attack came weeks before the April 14 fair organised at the temple every year.

According to Krishan Kumar, who represents the colony’s community, Hanuman’s idol was placed at the colony’s gate. Last year, a family gave a small room to shift the idol. He refused to accept that Friday’s attacks were caused due to any rivalries. The people of this area mostly belong to the labour class, he said, adding that they neither fight with neighbouring communities nor have they received any threats. “We have been living here for centuries because of Kali Mata’s temple. Never in the past were we attacked this way.”

The attack triggered protests at Fateh Chowk, Tando Wali Muhammad, Liaquat Colony, Cantt, Bombay Bakery and GOR Colony areas. These protests were, however, attended only by the scheduled-caste Hindus. Those belonging to other castes did not show up at the protests but did issue statements to condemn the attack. Some representatives also visited the temple.

According to DIG Sanaullah Abbassi, the initial investigations suggest the attack did not happen due to any communal strife. Nevertheless, the local DSP and SHO have been suspended and an FIR has been lodged against three unidentified attackers on the complaint of Krishan Kumar.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Muhammad Nawaz Soho met the community leaders and assured them that his district administration will pay to remake the idol and the temple.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2014. 

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Mar 29, 2014 - 2:30AM

    It just gets worse and worse for the Hindu minority…


  • Where is the Love
    Mar 29, 2014 - 3:05AM

    Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Shias, Ahmedis, Balochis, is there anyone who is not a sunni punjabi safe in Pakistan?


  • Raj Kafir
    Mar 29, 2014 - 3:24AM

    Pakistanis are only concerned about Mosques in India.


  • Mar 29, 2014 - 5:50AM

    Baby Bhutto need to to notice this. And take
    care of this temple. Urgently.
    He need to take the next flight from Paris.


  • Raj - USA
    Mar 29, 2014 - 6:12AM

    Normally I would have commented but not today as I am more shocked and saddened reading the news of the attack on Raza Rumi.


  • Akshaya
    Mar 29, 2014 - 6:24AM

    How many Hindu and other places of worship have been vandalized in Pakistan? Yet you guys keep cribbing about Babri mosque in India. Learn to respect other religions and others will respect yours.


  • fahim
    Mar 29, 2014 - 7:26AM

    what a shame to live in this couintry these days.. .everyday morning news is depressing and sad… we dont deserve ourselves to be called civilized.. we are only good to live 1400 yrs in past..


  • Rajesh
    Mar 29, 2014 - 9:47AM

    I dont want any pakistani troll in future to write anything about opression of indian muslims, babri masjid, gujrat etc. Please set your own house in order before pointing fingers at others. Thanks.


  • Feroz
    Mar 29, 2014 - 9:50AM

    Possibly the only country in the World with a blasphemy law that can put away any Minority citizen as well as the only country where religious places of worship are routinely vandalized. The fruits of these atrocities are just flowering so none should be under illusions as to how they will taste.


  • vasan
    Mar 29, 2014 - 9:56AM

    One babri masjid happened in India long long ago. Everyday “Babri masjids” happen in Pakistan and they dont give a damn about it.


  • santhosh
    Mar 29, 2014 - 10:05AM

    These protests were, however, attended only by the scheduled-caste Hindus. Those belonging to other castes did not show up at the protests but did issue statements to condemn the attack.

    Can’t the hindu community stand together at least in times like this? It’s great pain for the Hindu brothers in India, by seeing what they are going through, I would like to see all of them coming to India. We, hindus in India, feeling their pain should not allow any minorities in India to suffer like them and need to take good care of them. As they used to say, “Democracy is the best revenge”, living peacefully as heaven of all communities should be the answer to Paksitan(this does not include sane pakistanis)…


  • Shariq
    Mar 29, 2014 - 10:19AM

    Heart felt condolences to the community.

    A time comes when you stop questioning the reason of hate, and start feeling sorry.

    We have to accept that this hate is deep inside many of us, we were fed this hate, we were taught this hate and we propagated this hate.

    We have to think again why we hate some one so much, why any one would get consumed so much by hate to let go of the rationality and destroy even the last remaining shreds of morality.

    We have to ask our self, would we defend the weak if the time came. Would we object to the propagation of hate when the real situation came up. Would we stand up to the extremists? Or would we rather cook up conspiracy theories.

    It is difficult yet quite simple, we have to quite literally put our own house in order first, a big reliable change can not come but with small steps.Recommend

  • Mar 29, 2014 - 10:37AM

    Ahan!! one another incident while we are becoming a weak in Pakistan day by day. However, some fanatic people don’t want to peace in this state because sindh is based on the “Sufism” while i completely condemn these type of incident against the minorities in Pakistan, i don’t think that GOVT is capable to protect us somehow there is involvement of PPP Govt since they are in Govt these types of incident has been re-establish.

    1) Forced Conversion
    2) Migration
    3) Minorities Based Targeted
    4) Kidnapping Of Business tycoon (Minorities)
    5) Receiving Threat Letters
    6) burning and set fire on Temple
    7) Wretch People of THAR

    The whole credit goes to our PPP Govt. i really thankful and appreciate their efforts towards the succession of preplanned to and they eagerly wants to hindus should migrate from Pakistan.
    Well lets see, not yet confirmed that whats the future of minorities in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sabih
    Mar 29, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Extremely shameful


  • Amazed
    Mar 29, 2014 - 1:08PM

    There are still Hindus living in Pakistan ?Recommend

  • A reader
    Mar 29, 2014 - 1:11PM

    Didn’t Jinnah ask for Pakistan to ensure minority “rights”? Well by the same token, have a separate Hindu homeland in Pakistan for Sindhis and Punjabis who are Hindus. They should declare their country to be called “freedomstan”, the land free from the Blashpemy law, Sharia Law, and opposed to the two nation theory and Direct Action day advocated by Jinnah. Hindus who were refugees in India and their descendants should participate in this cause with full vigor. Recommend

  • amit (India)
    Mar 29, 2014 - 5:12PM

    Two functioning temples vandalized/destroyed in 2 weeks, and no action. Meanwhile, we have sanctimonious Pakistanis telling us about why India is ‘evil’ because an unused mosque was demolished 22 years back.Recommend

  • sharabi
    Mar 29, 2014 - 5:34PM

    but there is death penalty for a christian man accusing of blasphemy? what a ironyRecommend

  • Wizarat
    Mar 29, 2014 - 6:25PM

    What do these morons want/ do they want the modi clan in India desecrate the Masajid in India?
    What is extremely shameful is the attitude of the religious-political parties and the so called Molvis of not taking out processions to condemn this heinous acts of vandals who are doing these un Islamic deeds.

    My apologies to the Hindu community worldwide.Recommend

  • Zain
    Mar 29, 2014 - 7:11PM

    Now where is that 2 number superman who keeps howling at Punjab???Recommend

  • sid
    Mar 29, 2014 - 8:48PM

    and they talk about 22 yrs old incident of Babri Masjid……..there are such incidents every year in Pakistan……..Recommend

  • Dude
    Mar 29, 2014 - 8:58PM

    Very sad news from pakistan. Try to respect all minorities whether hindus,christians etc..They are also human beings.Recommend

  • csmann
    Mar 29, 2014 - 9:46PM

    Ah!! To be a Pakistani,and be a Hindu.and to be a low-caste Hindu!!!!Recommend

  • Rafique Nazir
    Mar 29, 2014 - 10:49PM

    we condemn this incident and this is really shameful and we apologize our hHndu brothers and sisters.
    Three unidentified attackers in a car and Hindu temple has never been attacked like this before,fand from recent attacks on Hindu temples; it is clearly evident that state is directly involved in these incidents.Recommend

  • CII 2.0
    Mar 29, 2014 - 11:19PM

    Can we please declare mullahism blasphemy

    There is now no Islam left in Pakistan…Just Mullashism, this is a new religion that the mullahs have created using rituals of Islam.

    I am really sorry my fellow hindu Pakistani brothers and sisters.

    We muslims stand with you.Recommend

  • truthbetold
    Mar 29, 2014 - 11:25PM

    The endless and continuing destruction of temples and churches and oppression of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Ahmedis etc. minorities is proving Jinnah was quite right when he stated Hindus and Muslims are separate nations and can’t live together in peace, except for the fact that he omitted to mention this is more true when Muslims are the majority.Recommend

  • Mar 29, 2014 - 11:32PM

    I am really sad to see that our religion do not allow this. Every person has right to worship independently but unfortunately its not here. Even minorities have also their right of worship. I pray for this country.Recommend

  • Hindu
    Mar 30, 2014 - 1:12AM

    Shame! The perpetrators of this heinous crime will probably be showered with rose petals whenever they commit any crimes such as killing religious minorities, persecuting them, forcing the young girls to marry an elder man at gunpoint or destroying their temples and their sacred dieties. in the name of religion. That’s the standard reward in Pakistan for the persecution of religious minorities who have absolutely no rights and defense, let alone practise their religion. Let us not fool ourselves: Pakistan is NOT – and will NEVER be – a democracy. It would be a contradiction in itself because of the ubiquitous religious extremism juxtaposed with the idea of freedom. The very idea of a democracy poses a big threat to the mullahs. The real test of a vibrant and functioning democracy is measured by the treatment given by the ruling government to its minorities. Just holding an election does not give a country the right to call its system democratic. In fact, as the UN Human Rights Council has time and again criticized, Pakistan’s record in treating its minorities is dismal. Perhaps, the Indian Government or the increasingly powerful Indian Diaspora, particularly in the USA, would like to take steps to raise the issue at the United Nations.


  • Professor
    Mar 30, 2014 - 12:08PM

    @Asma Noor: “I pray for this country”
    Since when has prayer solved anything? What would you say if you made a police complaint of vandalism in your home and the policeman told you that he’ll pray for you. The minorities need protection, not prayers.


  • Sudhanshu Swami
    Mar 30, 2014 - 2:39PM

    People here writes about Babri mosque. While in That was not live mosque, no namaz was offered since 1948, and even before that there were no regular namaz. No person was hurt in demolition of structure.


  • jackson
    Mar 30, 2014 - 3:27PM

    This is truly the character of pakistani govt. this is what is happening over there for so many decades and hope this ends up in the democratic set up in Pakistan.
    otherwise already living in the abject misery the minorities will further huddle in the corner and will yearn for the justice which they are bereft of since 1947 in Pakistan.


  • countryfirst
    Mar 30, 2014 - 5:24PM

    Pakistanis and muslims in india should acknowldge their roots first. Their forefathers were hindus. Then they will be more empathetic towards hindu.


  • Tarakseel
    Mar 31, 2014 - 10:43AM

    So long as the innocent childern will be taught in primary schools that the Hindus are their enemies such incedents will not stop.


  • Tarakseel
    Mar 31, 2014 - 10:53AM

    They admit it or not the facts will not change their forfathers converted to Islam from Hinduism.


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