Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Baloch and persecuted minorities protest in front of the Pakistani Consulate in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, February 5, 2020 – Hundreds of people protested against Pakistan in front of its consulate in Santa Monica Boulevard today. They were bringing to attention, the continuous persecution and violence faced by religious and ethnic minorities perpetuated by the Muslim majority government and society.
Every year, Christian, Hindu, Sikh places of worship has been attacked and burnt by the thousands across Pakistan. One of the significant issues being faced by minority communities is the abuse of the blasphemy law. People belonging to minority religions are being falsely accused of using derogatory remarks against the Islamic Prophet which can result in the death penalty. Often these accusations are made to settle personal vendettas and, due to the bias against minorities, victims are often immediately presumed guilty without any substantive evidence. Every year, countless Hindu and Christian girls are kidnapped and forcefully raped under the protection of Islamic seminaries.
In 1947, almost 23% of Pakistan’s population was composed of non-Muslim citizens. Today, the proportion of non-Muslims has declined to less than 3%. The abduction, rape and forced conversion of Hindu girls – often barely in their teens – in Sindh province has been a brutal and terrifying reality of daily life for Hindus in Pakistan. Some estimates claim that each month, about 20-25 young Hindu girls are kidnapped and forcibly “converted” to Islam in Sindh province alone.