In a suo motu case, the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan criticized the authorities for their inability to stop the attack on the Hindu temple in village Bhong of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan.
On Wednesday, a mob assembled near a Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Punjab province and attacked the temple, they burned several parts of the place and destroyed the idols. The police and the concerned authorities were unable to curb the situation, while many onlookers alleged that the authorities stood idle during the continued attacks. The incident provoked worldwide reactions. India, on Thursday, criticized the authorities for the failure to safeguard the religious minorities. As per the press Trust of India’s report, the attack on the temple was instigated due to a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who was arrested for allegedly urinating in a local seminary. He was later granted bail by a court. Following the incident, some people assembled at the Hindu temple with stones, sticks, and bricks and attacked the temple and caused damage to the idols.
Moreover, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned that during the attack on the temple, The residential accommodations belonging to the Hindu community in the vicinity were also subjected to attack. Similar incidents of violence, discrimination, and persecution against minority groups, including attacks on places of worship have been occurring unabated in the country. He added, “India has summoned Pakistan’s Charge d’Affaires on Thursday afternoon and lodged a firm protest expressing grave concern at this reprehensible incident and the continued attacks on the freedom of religion of the minority community and protection of their places of worship”.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken a suo motu cognizance of this attack. In this regard, a press release has been issued stating that on 5th August 2021, the Member of National Assembly and Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Hindu Council, Dr. Ramesh Kumar called on about the matter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed at the Supreme Court and called attention to the incident.
Condemning the attack, the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan expressed serious concern over the unfortunate incident. The Court, thereupon, examining the matter and slated it for hearing later in the month. Additionally, the Court has ordered Chief Secretary Punjab and IGP Punjab to appear and bring a report on the attack. On Friday, the Court also admonished the police officers in charge for not intervening and controlling the situation. “What were the administration and the police doing when the temple was attacked?” Chief Justice Ahmed posed the question to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani, Press Trust of India stated. Thereupon, Additional Attorney General Sohail Mahmood replied that Prime Minister Imran Khan has harshly criticized the tragic attack and has ordered stringent measures against the culprits.
“A Hindu temple was demolished, and just think what they must have felt. Imagine what would have been the reaction of Muslims, had a mosque been demolished.”Three days have passed and not even one person has been arrested” which showed a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the police,” the Chief Justice however mentioned.
The Court scheduled the hearing for 13th August 2021.
Written by: Sayali Phanse