Two Hindu boys shot in Pakistan’s Sindh province over blasphemy allegations. One of the victims, 17-year-old Dewan Sateesh Kumar, succumbed to his injuries while his friend Avinash is in a critical condition, media reports said.
Two Hindu teenagers were shot in Pakistan’s Sindh province over allegations of Quran desecration today (July 27) while another was arrested for blasphemy. One of the victims, 17-year-old Dewan Sateesh Kumar, succumbed to his injuries while his friend Avinash is in a critical condition, Dawn reported.
The incident comes a day after a Hindu man was arrested over blasphemy charges in Ghotki area of the province, which shares its border with India. According to reports in the Pakistani media, one Amar Lal was arrested and booked for blashphemy after massive protests by Muslims in Ghotki. “A Hindu man was arrested for allegedly desecrating Holy Quran following massive protests and shutdown by Muslim community in Ghotki District of Sindh,” a report in the Dawn stated.
Communal tension in Sindh
Tension prevails in Sindh following the arrest of Amar Lal. Police claims Amar is suffering from psychotic disorder. Shops remained shut and other daily activities remained affected in response to a shutdown called by Muslims in Ghotki. Several protesters blocked the national highway passing through the town causing a huge traffic jam. Shops owned by Hindus also remained shut. Sindh was in news recently when Hindus in the region had raised objections over the sale of shoes with ‘Om’ inscriptions. Hindus had staged massive protests in the region over reports of sale of such footwear.
Section 295 (B) of the Pakistan Penal Code deals with blasphemy under which over 1,300 people have been accused of blasphemy from 1987 to 2014. The vast majority of the accusations were lodged for desecration of the Quran.