Muslim Man In India Beaten, Forced To Say ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Image courtesy of Express Tribune

Yet again another shining example of tolerance and equality in the world’s “Largest Democracy”. A friendly reminder of what we Pakistanis are missing out on in our neighboring secular paradise of India where religious minorities are lynched, burned alive and even paraded around naked in the name of Hindu tolerance and Yoga holy war.

From express tribune:

A viral video allegedly showing a teenager slapping a 45-year-old Muslim man and forcing him to say “Jai Shri Ram” in India has prompted a protest from the Muslim community, reported News18.

The incident took place in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district and the three-minute video clip shows the accused, identified as Vinay Meena, slapping Mohammad Salim 25 times and forcing him to say “Jai Shri Ram.” The victim in the video can be heard as responding, “Parvardigaar sabse bara hai [God is almighty].”

Because saying “Jai Shri Ram” after getting slapped 25 times is one of the prerequisites for proving your loyalty to the Indian state.

But wait, there’s more:

On December 6, a 48-year-old Muslim migrant labourer from West Bengal, Mohammad Afrazul, was hacked to death and burnt alive in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand town. A gruesome video of the crime had gone viral.

Was this supposed to be some kind of Hindu purification ritual whereby burning the man alive would ensure his reincarnation as a Hindu in the next life?

Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer died in Alwar last April after being brutally beaten up and lynched by 200 cow vigilantes on suspicion of cattle smuggling.

Yes, because in the land of the ‘Holy Cow’ every Muslim farmer must be a cattle smuggler according to Hindu logic.

While we ungrateful Pakistanis fail to appreciate having the world’s “largest Democracy” as our neighbor, the Muslims of India reap some of the greatest benefits of being the citizens of this shining example of “tolerance” and Yoga holy war on a day-to-day basis. Something we Pakistanis might never have the privilege to experience in our lifetime.

 

 

The Problem of Child Sexual Abuse Within Pakistani Society

I know some won’t like what i have to say but what must be said must be said. There is a major problem of child sexual abuse and pedophilia within Pakistani society. We have all heard of ‘Bacha Bazi’ and other similar backwards practices that are not only contrary to Islamic teachings but also against all human decency. Any normal person would oppose this type of behavior. But unfortunately these practices are not at all uncommon in Pakistan, though many would like to pretend otherwise.

From Al-Jazeera:

The body of the victim, who is being named as Asma, was found in a sugarcane field on Sunday in the Jandarpar Gujjar Garhi district of Mardan city, a day after she went missing.

“I have seen the autopsy report of Asma and it clearly says that she was raped before being strangled to death,” district mayor Himayatullah Mayar told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

“She comes from a very poor family, her father is a labour worker in Saudi Arabia. Asma was just playing outside of her house when she was kidnapped.”

The case of Asma (4), the girl who’s body was discovered in a sugarcane field after she had been strangled, even raped according to the autopsy, comes only days after the case of Zainab Ansari (6), another girl who suffered and died under similar circumstances, triggered a nation-wide uproar in the form of mass demonstrations in the major cities as well as social media coverage compelling government officials to prioritize the search for the culprit(s) responsible for the horrendous crime.

But this begs the question: would Pakistani authorities have reacted this way had the people not rose up in a national uproar? Because surely the case of Asma and Zainab could not have been the only two such cases in a country of 200 million where the lack of faith in the government & law enforcement to act is common but not at all unfounded.

From Al-Jazeera:

In the first half of 2017, at least 1,764 cases of child abuse were reported across Pakistan, according to the non-profit Sahil child protection organisation. At least 65 percent of those occurred in Punjab province, where Kasur is situated.

But these are only the cases of child abuse which were reported. It is not incorrect to assume that the great majority of these cases are never reported for various reasons, including the distrust of the law enforcement to act and governmental incompetency. There are very few organizations that look to address and report on such cases but very few people even know they exist or how to contact them.

The issue of child abuse deserves more national attention. That it took up till now after the case of Asma and Zainab to bring this dirty laundry to limelight is indeed extremely regretful. Hopefully we as a nation have learned a lesson, though indeed at a terrible cost, that when it comes to the abuse of children or anyone for that matter, such topics should never be brushed under the rug out of unfounded fears and misconceptions.