Karachi: The growing religious extremism in Pakistan against religious minorities, especially Christian workers and Hindu Haris has created a slavery-like situation for them. Vested interests in the name of religion are violating law and social norms and the State is not taking any effort to stop them, said the speakers of a protest demo against the killing of a Christian couple at Kot Radha Kirshan and kidnapping of a 12 years old Hindu girl Anjali and her forced conversion and marriage in Daharki.
The protest demo was organized by National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) at Karachi Press Club (KPC) led by central president Rafiq Baloch and NTUF Sindh chapter general secretary Riaz Abbasi. A large number of labors, women and civil society members were present.
The speakers said that the State and ruling classes should change their attitude towards the atrocities on non-Muslims and stop those hands killing non-Muslims and forcing their conversion. They said in Pakistan living conditions for workers have been deteriorating with every passing day. They have been tormented in the garb of religious, ethnic and linguistic terrorism. The laws of land and the State apparatus have failed totally to give protection to these oppressed workers.
They said this cruelty on workers could only be stopped by the workers themselves, through their unity and solidarity. They said hundreds of thousands of working families, especially Christian workers have been toiling hard like modern day salves at brick kilns where they faced forced labor. In Sindh province the Hindu Haris are living a miserable life. Recently, the dead body of a Hindu Hari Bhooro Bheel was exhumed and thrown out of the graveyard. The girls of Hindu Haris are being kidnapped and forcibly married after covers ion under duress. The tragedy of 12 years old Anjali Menghwar is a recent example in this regard.
They said the majority of brick kiln workers are Christians and they work like slaves. They are being bought and sold like slaves and face physical and sexual violence. The recent example of this brutality is burning alive of Shahbaz Masih and his wife Shamma Masih at Kot Radha Kirshan. This couple used to work as bonded labor at brick kiln of one Yusuf. In fact this was an industrial dispute that was pained in the color of religious blasphemy by the owner of the kiln.
They said the State is supporting those torturing workers. If the workers protest, police beat them with batons, open firing on them and arrest them under anti-terrorist laws. The political and religious parties support to the tormenters of workers because they are the major financers of these political and religious parties. They said the police by booking dozens of people in the case of murder of Christian couple conspired to weaken the case.
The protester demanded that the owner and manager of the brick kiln be arrested and taken to the task. The heirs of the deceased should be given compensation of Rs2million each. The religious violence and suppression of Hindus, especially Bheel, Kolhi and Menghwar Haris should be stopped. The minor girl Anjali should be handed over to her family and strict action be taken against her kidnappers.
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