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.
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.