Fact-Finding Mission Arrives In Ghouspur After Attack on Hindu Temple

Fact-Finding Mission Arrives In Ghouspur After Attack on Hindu Temple
At least one man was injured when dacoits attacked a Hindu temple in the Siyano Ogahi village near Kandhkot around a week ago. Now, the Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has taken notice of the incident and has sent a fact-finding mission to the site.

A delegation of the commission, led by Hindu Member and Ghotki resident Sukhdev Assardas Hemnani, visited the Sanwal Shah Mandir.

Hemnani said that the delegation examined the premises and met the management of the temple Dera Sawal Shah Darbar in Ghouspur. He also met with the local Hindu Panchayat and inquired about the details of the incident.


He added that a fact-finding report will be submitted to the relevant authorities for action.

Hemnani added that they had also met with the local police and were working out the security requirements of the community.

Last week, dacoits reportedly attacked the temple compound and adjoining homes of the Hindu community and had escaped in the riverine areas.

After the attack, Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Nabi Memon directed to deploy some 400 policemen around Hindu temples across the province for two months.

The HRCP too had expressed alarm about the situation. The attack came after some dacoits in Sindh had posted a video vowing to attack Hindu and Sikh places of worship across the country unless a Karachi resident Seema Haider, who had crossed over to India to marry a man she had met playing online video games, is returned.

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The incident comes after a controversy emerged in Karachi, where it was reported that a century-old temple in the city's old Soldier Bazaar area had been demolished by its Hindu caretakers.

The matter, per a probe by the SHRC and Hemnani, was determined to be an intra-community dispute of land ownership.

Rekha Bai, the daughter of the temple's previous caretaker Hira Laal, claimed that the property belonged to her family and not the community.

She added that the construction work in the temple compound was to build housing for her family, who have lived alongside the temple for three generations now.

Some residents had filmed when diggers arrived, escorted by local police, in complete darkness last week when the power was out and started demolishing structures and digging a hole to lay foundations. They claimed that the land had been sold by Rekha Bai to builders for Rs70 million.