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.