Against the backdrop of reports of mass migration of Pakistani Hindus to India following forced conversions,extortion and kidnappings,it has now come to fore that Hindu students are often segregated and made to attend classes in separate classrooms where there are no Muslims.
The children,among the fresh batch of Hindu families that arrived from Pakistan at Attari on Monday alleged discrimination in schools in Pakistan.
We attend classes in separate classrooms. Muslim students have separate calssrooms. We are discouraged to mingle with the Muslim students in the school, Sindhu Kumari,a student of Class 6 at a school in Mirpur Mathelo in Ghotki district of Northern Sindh,said after she arrived in India with her parents and three other siblings from Pakistan.
While two Hindu families reached India from Pakistan via Samjhauta Express today,another family,from India,which was visiting relatives in the neighbouring country too came back.
Sindhu said that Hindu students were not taught anything about their religion and culture.
To acquaint our children with Hindu culture and lifestyle,we take them to the temples, her father Shrawan said.
Sindhus mother Sabita corroborated what Sindhu said. Recounting a few cases of kidnappings of girls,she added that majority of the Hindu families were scared of the prevailing state of affairs in Sindh region.
In India for a visit,Awais Sheikh,the Pakistani lawyer for Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh,when contacted,said that it was a serious issue that needed to be probed.
If children of Hindu families are alleging such discrimination in schools then it is a serious issue, Sheikh said,adding that adequate steps should be taken to safeguard the rights of minorities in Pakistan.
Sindhua grandfather Manohar Lal,when asked by reporters about the prevailing scenario,said everyone knows what is going on.
Lal,however,said that they were in India on a holiday and had no intentions to stay back. We will see how things shape up. We have come on a holiday and will go back, Lal,whose family was heading to Delhi,said.
Meanwhile,an Indian national Pawan Kukreja,who returned from Pakistan today said that two of his Jacobabad relatives Santosh and Dewan had decided to leave the country and settle in India. They will come to India in December, he said.
Akash Kumar,a Pakistani Hindu,said he was in India along with other family members in connection with a ceremony after the death of a relative. Kumar,who runs a cellphone shop in Pakistan,maintained that law and order situation there was bad.
He too,however,asserted that he and others accompanying him would not stay back in India. Asked about a huge quantity of luggage he brought with him,he said the articles were meant for the relatives.