Attack against Hindu woman Zania Kumari in Pakistan, axed to death

By: | Published: March 9, 2017 6:39 PM

Zania Kumari, a woman who belonged to minority Hindu community in Balochistan's Nasirabad District was axed to death by a group of unidentified persons on Wednesday.

Zania Kumari, a woman who belonged to minority Hindu community in Balochistan’s Nasirabad District was axed to death by a group of unidentified persons on Wednesday. (Representational Image: PTI)

Zania Kumari, a woman who belonged to minority Hindu community in Balochistan’s Nasirabad District was axed to death by a group of unidentified persons on Wednesday. The incident took place in the Dera Murad Jamali area of Balochistan as per the Dawn newspaper’s report. The police said unknown people attacked Zania in Goth Asif Ali Shah and escaped from the spot after the murder. The cause of the attack still remains unclear. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case against the killers, the report said.

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Kumari’s brother, Jalo Ram, said that his sister was killed for no reason by influential people of the area. He has appealed to senior police officers of Balochistan to take action against the killers and provide security to his family.

Here the point to be noted is that despite the government’s efforts, minority communities such as Hindus and Christians in recent years have been facing attacks. And this is not the first time that minorities have faced brutal attacks in Muslim-majority Pakistan. In addition to the public persecution of minorities, Pakistan has strict blasphemy laws based on Islam. Anyone found insulting or mocking Islamic principles or religious figures is treated with harsh punishment including the death penalty.

(Inputs from agencies)

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