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Pak tribesmen attack Hindus over ‘sexual assault’ of girl

A group of Hindus in Sindh province came under "revenge" attack from enraged Kalhoro tribesmen.

A group of Hindus in Pakistan’s Sindh province came under “revenge” attack from enraged Kalhoro tribesmen,amid allegations of sexual assault of a minor girl by a member of the minority community,leading to the death of two people.

“More than two dozen armed men attacked Hindu’s properties in Pannu Aqil town on Thursday as a revenge for the alleged sexual assault of a Kalhoro girl by a private school’s gatekeeper,who is said to be a Hindu,” Pannu Aqil SHO Javed Alam said.

A heavy contingent of police reached the town to push back the attackers,killing two of them in an exchange of fire.

A policeman and a Hindu trader were among the several others who were injured in the incident.

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Hindus live in large numbers in the interior areas of southern Sindh province since Partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

Fearing a backlash from the tribesmen amid the allegations of sexual assault of the seven-year-old Kalhoro girl,the Hindus in Pannu Aqil town had kept their businesses shut.

However,the tribesmen torched three of their shops.

On Wednesday,the girl was on her way to home when a gatekeeper of a private school,Sadhu Ram,allegedly lured her into the school and attempted to sexually assault her.

The girl fainted while screaming for help following which the gatekeeper locked her in a classroom.

After hearing the girl’s scream for help,few people went inside the school and found her lying unconscious in a classroom. However,the gatekeeper managed to escape.

The accused,Sadhu Ram,was later arrested from Rohri on the charges of sexually assaulting the girl.