Minority rights: Petition seeks refurbishment on Hindu temples

Published: November 3, 2012
A temple burnt by rioters in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh. PHOTO: REUTERS

A temple burnt by rioters in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh. PHOTO: REUTERS


A writ petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court seeking directions for the Punjab government to refurbish worship places of the Hindu community, including the famous Jain Mandar (temple) in Lahore, to their original conditions.

Jain Sewak Sabha, an organisation of the Hindu community, filed a petition, contending that around 20 temples were in dilapidated condition and needed immediate repair work.

It further stated the indifferent attitude of concerned authorities had allowed land grabbers to encroach properties which belonged to the temples.

The petitioner pleaded that protecting rights of minorities was the constitutional duty of the government. The organisation prayed to the court to order the renovation of all temples in the city and direct the government to get rid of illegal possessions of the land mafia.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2012.

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  • De
    Nov 3, 2012 - 11:32AM

    The government can’t take care of the mosques, how can someone expect them to take care of temples! They can’t protect it’s basic citizens, be they Muslims or not, from the land mafia, how will they protect the temple lands!


  • Hukum Singh
    Nov 3, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Wrong Photo. This photo is of Buddhist Temple in Bangladesh that was destroyed by Rohingya Muslims, who are refugees in Bangladesh, few weeks back. This is not a Jain Temple in Pakistan.


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