Tharparkar is considered as one of the most peaceful districts of Sindh. There, the hearts of local communities are filled with love and harmony. Unfortunately, a few evil-minded individuals want to destroy the culture of unconditional love and instead want to perpetuate religious intolerance and extremism.
In the Quran, God says that there is “no compulsion in religion”. Then how can a Muslim torture an individual on the basis of his or her religion? Actually a video going viral on social media shows some unknown persons forcing a Hindu boy to say words not part of his religious beliefs.
According to Article 25 (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan, “All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law.” Furthermore, Article 5 states, “Adequate provision shall be made for the minorities to freely profess and practice their religions and develop their cultures.” Concerned authorities should strictly enforce the law and hold accountable those who promote violent ideas. Perpetrators should be severely punished in order to preserve harmony and peace.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2021.