Hindu man beaten for eating in Ramazan

Published: June 12, 2016
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Gokal Das. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Gokal Das. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: A Hindu octogenarian has been beaten black and blue in a rural Sindh district for eating during the fasting month of Ramazan, police confirmed on Saturday.

Gokal Das, a resident of Hayat Pitafi, a remote village of Ghotki district, was having Biryani given to him in charity on Friday afternoon when a police constable and his brother beat him up for eating in public in Ramazan.

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The village falls in the jurisdiction of Jawar police station. SHO Bachal Qazi said Gokal Das was having Biryani around 6pm on Friday when Ali Hassan Haidrani and his brother Mir Hassan threw the elderly man on the ground and beat him black and blue. “Haidrani, who is posted elsewhere, was on vacation in Hayat Pitafi village.”

According to SHO Qazi, the two brothers left Gokal Das bleeding. He was driven to hospital in nearby Mirpur Mathelo where he was treated for his wounds.

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He added that they have registered a case against Haidrani and his brother who have subsequently been arrested. “We will seek remand of the two accused on Monday for further investigation,” he added. However, another police official told The Express Tribune that the local police helped Haidrani escape.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (42)

  • observer
    Jun 12, 2016 - 8:35AM

    The Most Peaceful and Compassionate in Action.Recommend

  • Laughing Buddha
    Jun 12, 2016 - 8:51AM

    This is why the Minorities are heading towards their motherland across the eastern borderRecommend

  • Just an ordinary human
    Jun 12, 2016 - 9:09AM

    Maybe this is what is called “being and practising Piousness during Ramzan” to these so called humans…These culprits should be punished for this disgrace brought to humanity and nation…If these culprits are reading this consider I spat on them.Recommend

  • Suresh kumar
    Jun 12, 2016 - 9:35AM

    Good that the Hindu got beaten

    He thought he was a macho to stay a Hindu in Pakistan

    He should have come to india in 1947Recommend

  • Shakti
    Jun 12, 2016 - 9:52AM

    I only blame this gentleman for staying in a place like this. He had a bad choice and he is paying for it. He may not get permission to apply for subsidized medical seat in India but he can live the rest of his life in peace.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:03AM

    No need for violence, just make him eat 100 servings of biryani in one hour….Recommend

  • Haramullah
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:15AM

    What is the difference between China’s attitude and Pakistan’s attitude towards minorities.
    May be they are brother in arms.Recommend

  • Sanket
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:17AM

    And yes, Islam is a religion of peace and Ramazan is a month of giving and sacrifice..Recommend

  • Samrat
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:33AM

    The reason muslims are targeted elsewhere.Recommend

  • Ayati
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:34AM

    Keeping up with the image of Islam, looks like Pakistanis are extra kind to minorities and women this Ramzan season.Recommend

  • Revenge
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:35AM

    If this happens to a muslim man in non muslim majority country then all muslim will be up in arms but in muslim country, minorities are treated like animals. This is the real face of mullahs.Recommend

  • Adnan Naqvi
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:57AM

    Simply shameful. Even muslim octogenarian are probably not compelled to fast due to their health conditions. Recommend

  • Amit
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:59AM

    A bartender in France assaulted by two men for serving alcohol during Ramzan. Now an 80 year old man beaten by two men for eating during Ramzan. Good work by the followers of the Religion of Peace. Recommend

  • Jahangir
    Jun 12, 2016 - 11:28AM

    Of course, if you ask the police officer if he was fasting, the likelihood of him saying yes would be 1 in 10. I don’t know why would he beat someone up when there is no such law stating that one must not eat in Ramazan hour(other religion). There is no humanity in this man, he didn’t even look at the age of the person. Recommend

  • goldigger
    Jun 12, 2016 - 11:32AM

    Wrong..outrageously wrong..that police constable should be punished..he is not GOD!!Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Jun 12, 2016 - 12:21PM

    Why not report complete story??? The accused was arrested soon after it was reported on the orders of Sindh Police Cheif… The action against the accused was swift… Recommend

  • Fahim
    Jun 12, 2016 - 12:32PM

    Criminals caught and put in jail. Justice servedRecommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Jun 12, 2016 - 12:35PM

    Pakistan should start being custodians of humanity rather than lip service for only Muslims.Recommend

  • Singh
    Jun 12, 2016 - 12:57PM

    UnbelievableRecommend

  • amrik
    Jun 12, 2016 - 2:11PM

    where are the beef eating award wapsi gang now? moan about not eating beef in india, why arent we allowed to eat in ramadan in pakistan?Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 12, 2016 - 3:58PM

    Very shamful act ..Recommend

  • Romm
    Jun 12, 2016 - 3:59PM

    @Laughing Buddha:
    Very sad and condemnable however prior criticising Pakistan and then Provoking our Pakistani Hindu Brothers to migrate to India. Please recall lynching of Loads of Muslim for transporting and consuming Beef. Ghar Wapsi movement, Gang rape of peaceful Christian Nuns and victimisation of Dalits in India. Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 12, 2016 - 4:00PM

    Very shameful act. .Recommend

  • Anuj
    Jun 12, 2016 - 4:01PM

    @Haji Atiya You mean the old man who was beaten up? That’s your way to serve justice? He’s not a muslim to fast during ramzan.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jun 12, 2016 - 4:27PM

    @Suresh kumar: and @Shakti. Should we be saying the same if it happened to Muslims in India? To you Muslims, you want your rights in India but deny them to the original people of what you call Pakistan. Don’t cry when we start punishing Muslims, like they do in China.Recommend

  • Justice Seeker
    Jun 12, 2016 - 4:27PM

    This is shameful, there will be hundreds Muslims in the area not following Ramadhan, I am sure. This heavy handedness of LEAs is same to everybody no specific attention to minorities. There is rule of jungle in rural areas under the nose of local wadera and complacency all over government quarters. Recommend

  • abc
    Jun 12, 2016 - 4:30PM

    Its really sad to come across an incident like this and we must stand with the affected. The officials who took law in their hands must be punished. Recommend

  • Faisal Awan
    Jun 12, 2016 - 4:43PM

    I am a muslim pakistan and my sincere apology to this man and all those who’s sentiments have been insulted. This is not a true representation of Islam. Such a shameful act simply pathetic. Recommend

  • Siddarth
    Jun 12, 2016 - 6:40PM

    I had a business meeting with a muslim man of pakistani origin in malaysia. When i reached his office he didnt offer me water because he was observing ramadan.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 12, 2016 - 6:50PM

    We have to admit as a country and a society, we have zero shame. We are running out of excuses.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 12, 2016 - 9:18PM

    Your founder Jinnah was right when he said – ” you can go to your places of religious worship freely ” , he just forgot to add ” at your own risk . “.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 12, 2016 - 10:05PM

    This disgusting act was done by police men …… makes it look like a deliberate act to provoke mischief……..disgraceful. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 12, 2016 - 11:26PM

    Eating in public in Ramzan is a crime for muslims only.Police didnt follow the rules.Recommend

  • Ketan(India)
    Jun 13, 2016 - 12:15AM

    First of all thank you Tribune for unbiased Journalism. This is shameful act indeed and it happens in every country even in my country but that doesn’t mean we should start shaming country as whole. It is really saddening to see this happening, we just hope that Justice should be served and example should be set to prevent such incidents from happening again in near future.Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 13, 2016 - 12:46AM

    This can not be true. A man beaten up in a village. How come policeman was in the village. There are no police stations there. A lot of questions. ??Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 13, 2016 - 1:15AM

    It is disgrace of humanity. Look at his age and health condition..What about those big bellies politicians and Babus who enjoy lunch in their offices and railway stations Culprits who indulged in this heinous crime beating an old man be given exemplary punishment..Is this Islam Recommend

  • Kavita
    Jun 13, 2016 - 2:13AM

    Sad incident. I’m sorry to be kind of generalising but I’ve had three separate experiences within a year, all on international flights, of a Pakistani man/woman/family asking cabin attendants to get their seat(s) changed, upon knowing I’m an Indian Hindu and going to sit next to him/her/them. The almost identical facial frown when they ask ‘Are you Hindu?’ upon introducing myself as an Indian is etched in my memory now. I don’t consider myself a bad person and nor do people who know me. Recommend

  • Praveen kumar
    Jun 13, 2016 - 3:52AM

    Why didn’t you take him with you when you were [email protected] kumar: Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 13, 2016 - 4:51AM

    @Anuj:
    Yes, a bit of Biryani Boarding. What’s wrong ? The old man gets his fill, and justice is served non-violently.Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:14AM

    @Pakistani: “Eating in public in Ramzan is a crime for Muslims…….”
    Is it so. Don’t you think its a cruel practice.
    Exactly opposite China is doing for Muslims, then that is too justified as per Chinese govt. thinking.Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 13, 2016 - 9:28AM

    In one post on this very story it was said the man was selling ‘chickpeas, . The other one said he was eating ‘Baryani’ which some one gave to him. What version is true. This whole thing smacks of conspiracy. The gullible readers must not blow this out of proportion and our own PPP leadership must not keep this alive. Police investigation report must also be made public on this very newspaper. Every thing said here is not ‘truth’ and the only truth. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 14, 2016 - 1:58AM

    @NDA Truth was visible in the picture of an old man with blood on his hand. Please do not confuse with your comment. Fact will remain a fact that an old man of great Hindu religion was beaten to save Islam Recommend

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