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A tale of two Pakistani girls which remains hidden in other more important news

Here are two news items (which remain hidden in the more important headlines) from today’s newspapers. These news items once again reveal the typically hypocritical, class- and religion-centric and misogynistic nature of Pakistani society.

The first story is about a protest by certain staunch Muslims against the burial of a Hindu girl (child) in a “Muslim” graveyard near Hala (Sindh)

The second story is about a protest by the relatives of a Christian maid servant who was recently burnt alive after being raped by her Muslim masters in Sheikhupura (Punjab).

ہندو لڑکی کی تدفین پر تنازع

قومی شاہراہ پر واقع ہالہ کے قریب ایک قدیم قبرستان میں دفن ایک ہندو لڑکی کی لاش کو نکالنے کے تنازع پر حیدرآباد کے ڈسٹرکٹ جج عبدالرسول میمن نے کورٹ ختم ہونے کے بعد اپنے چیمبر میں فریقین کو طلب کرکے فیصلہ دیا کہ دفن شدہ لاش کو دفن ہی رہنے دیا جائے ۔

فتوی کی کاپی کا عکس

عدالت سے جیون چانڈیو نامی شخص نے لڑکی کی لاش مسلمانوں کے قبرستان سے نکالنے کے لئے رجوع کیا تھا۔

ہندو لڑکی سمیرا اودھ کوگزشتہ سال تیس اپریل کو اس قبرستان میں دفن کیا گیا تھا۔ لڑکی کے والد بچایو اودھ کا کہنا ہے کی انہوں نے علاقے کے مسلمان لوگوں سے اجازت حاصل کرنے کے بعد تدفین کی تھی جو مسلمانوں کی قبروں سے بہت فاصلے پر ہے۔

ہندو گھرانے اپنے کم عمر بچوں کی لاش جلانے کی بجائے ان کی تدفین کرتے ہیں ۔

بچایو کی برادری کے لوگ اپنی تدفین جس قبرستان میں کیا کرتے تھے وہ بقول بچایو بھر گیا تھا اس لئے تالپوروں کے پرانے قبرستاں میں تدفین کی گئی تھی۔

علاقے میں بعض لوگوں نے اس معاملے کو طول دیا۔ وہ لوگ پہلے مفتی حضرات کے پاس گئے اور فتوی حاصل کیا کہ غیر مسلم میت کو مسلمانوں کے قبرستان میں دفن کرنا درست نہیں ، اگر دفن کیا گیا ہو تو اس کا نکال لینا درست ہےِِ۔ دوسرا فتوی بھی اسی قسم کا تھا جس میں کہا گیا ہے کہ ’مسلمانوں پر لازم ہے کہ احتجاج کریں اور حکومت کا فرض ہے کہ میت والوں کو اپنی لاش نکالنے پر مجبور کریں دوسری صورت میں حکومت سخت گناہگار ہوگی۔‘

ان ہی فتوں کی بنیاد پر ڈی آئی جی پولیس نے متعلقہ افسران کو قانون کی روشنی میں فیصلہ کرنے کا تحریری حکم دیا۔ جب پولیس نے کوئی کارروائی نہیں کی تو جیون چانڈیو نے ڈسٹرکٹ جج کی عدالت میں درخواست دائر کردی۔

عدالت پیشی پر پیشی کرتی رہی اور آج فیصلہ اس طرح دیا کہ فریقین کو چیمبر میں طلب کر کے کہا گیا کہ جو ہونا تھا وہ ہوگیا ۔ جس پر جیون چانڈیو نے کہا کہ انہوں نے ِ’بخش کیا‘ یعنی معاف کیا اور اس طرح جیون چانڈیو کی حد تک معاملہ رفع دفع ہو گیا۔

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  • Christian community takes to streets over maid’s murder

    * SHO says case has been registered, culprits arrested
    * Local politicians using case in a bid to win Christian votes

    LAHORE: The Christian community on Thursday blocked the Lahore-Sheikhupura Road in protest against the alleged murder of a Christian maid by her employers.

    The family of the deceased girl, Kiran, alleged that Ahmed Raza, along with his mother and another relative, had doused the victim with petrol and set her on fire following a marriage dispute.

    Kiran was taken to the Mayo Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The family alleged that Raza had an affair with Kiran, but had refused to marry her.

    Station House Officer (SHO) Faisal Chidhar told Daily Times that Kiran had left her house to work as a maid at Ahmad’s a couple of years ago. She later submitted an application before the court of Judicial Magistrate Mudasar Farid in April, 2009, in which she had alleged that her parents wanted to kill her.

    The court then sent her to the Dar-Al-Aman. However, after submitting another application in which she asked for permission to leave Dar-Al-Aman, she was allowed to leave. She then permanently moved into Ahmad’s house, where she and Ahmad later engaged in an affair.

    Arrested: The SHO said that some days ago Ahmad and his family had allegedly burnt Kiran after she demanded that Ahmad marry her. He said that police had registered a case and had arrested the culprits.

    Involved: However, the case took a peculiar turn after two former union council nazims involved themselves in the issue in a bid to win the Christian vote bank.

    “Two former union council nazims of UC-71 tried to take advantage of the situation to attract the Christian vote bank. Initially, former nazim Mansha Ghoopera had raised the issue that the girl had allegedly converted to Islam and thus her funeral would be held in accordance with Islamic practices. Later, another former nazim of the same union council, Safdar Sahi, convinced the deceased’s family to stage a protest to pressurise police to arrest the people responsible for Kiran’s death, but police had already registered a case and arrested the culprits,” the SHO said.

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20103\12\story_12-3-2010_pg13_5

  • Let Shahmira Oad’s body rest in peace

    Anees Jillani
    02 Mar 2010

    The universe has existed for more than four billion years, and it may last several more billion years. And maybe even for infinity. The scale is beyond our comprehension, and the least we all can realise is the fact that all religions are recent occurrences when placed on this mammoth time scale of four billion years.
    Discrimination on the basis of religion thus makes no sense, but it seems that some who have appropriated the role of mediators between ourselves and a higher truth are determined to prove that some people, on the basis of their religious affiliation, are more equal than others, even to the point of not allowing the dead to rest in peace.
    Sheeraz Qureshi, a maulvi claiming to hold a master’s degree in Physics, is leading a crusade in a village in Sindh, in Pakistan, to remove the body of a Hindu girl from a Muslim graveyard. Seventeen-year old Shahmira Oad, the daughter of Bachayo Oad, a resident of Hala, died on April 28, 2009, and was buried at the Khudabad graveyard, three kilometres southwest of New Hala town.
    Shahmira Oad’s relatives buried her there only after receiving permission from the locals, including the caretaker of the graveyard. But Sheeraz Qureshi and other religious elements are quoting fatwas pronounced by some traditional religious leaders that only Muslims are allowed to bury their loved ones in Muslim graveyards.
    All religions are supposed to be in conformity with the basic human values. It is doubtful if any religion calls for exhuming the body of a poor 17-year-old Hindu girl from a Muslim graveyard because her body is ‘defiling’ the graveyard. If anything, the removal of the body is likely to desecrate it and such an act would defile everybody buried there.
    Shahmira’s family and the Hindu community in the area, which is not surprisingly poor, has been getting threats about her body. The local notables, instead of telling off the cleric not to rake up such a mindless issue, are pressuring the poor family to remove the body.
    Shahmira’s grave is not even located anywhere close to the other graves in the graveyard, not that it would have made any difference. It is about five metres away from other graves. Despite this, in order to save her body from defilement and avoid a clash in the community, her family has expressed willingness to build a boundary wall around her grave.
    The issue is fast threatening to turn into communal imbroglio and a suit has been filed in the court of a civil judge for removal of the grave. The judge is under immense local pressure. The opponents are saying that they “will not keep silent until the bones of the strange girl are thrown out of the graveyard”.
    There are some sane voices in the community opposing the exhumation of the body on the grounds that several graveyards in the Sindh province are common burial grounds for both Hindus and Muslims. For instance, the graveyards alongside the famous shrines of great Sufi saints, like Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Sachchal Sarmast, Sufi Shah Inayat Shaheed, and other spiritual leaders, are open for burial regardless of religion.
    It is said that Islam is the most tolerant religion. But if this is how we behave then what would distinguish us from the upper caste Hindus in Indian villages who refuse to permit people of lower castes to use the same well to draw water? Ganga is a holy river for all the Hindus; should the Hindus then forbid persons belonging to all other denominations from using its water?
    We all feel the pinch when something happens to a Muslim and an Islamic symbol, like the mosque but we have no qualms about the religious feelings of others. Almost every Muslim in the world was saddened by the destruction of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992. But we don’t even think for a second about the conversion of innumerable Hindu and Sikh temples in the whole of Pakistan to schools, police stations, offices and sometimes even for keeping cattle. We cannot imagine such a thing happening to a mosque but have no objection to treating the religious places of others with utter contempt.
    We all resent the recent ban on minarets in Switzerland; many of the Swiss and Europeans themselves are saddened by this development. But have we ever thought about the complete ban on construction of churches and temples in the whole of Saudi Arabia and in most of the Gulf countries? Non-Muslims are not even permitted to enter the cities of Mecca and Medina and we consider it our human right to even get elected to the parliaments of the so-called Christian countries, and acquire as much property as we can.
    When will we in Pakistan learn to remember the basic truth that whatever we give to others, good or bad, it comes back, many times? Shouldn’t then we give more and more of what we want for ourselves to others so that the same will come back to us in greater quantities? We need to overcome our historical inability to follow the ethic of reciprocity, and to understand that it applies to all humans, and not merely to Muslims. Only when this is accomplished will religiously-related oppression, and mass murder cease. We all can make a beginning in this respect by letting Shahmira Oad rest in peace at her last resting place forever with Muslims as her neighbours.
    (The author is a prominent Pakistan Supreme Court lawyer. E-mail: aJ@Jillani.org)

    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Let+Shahmira+Oad%E2%80%99s+body+rest+in+peace&artid=69W4Mg0dy5Q=&SectionID=d16Fdk4iJhE=&MainSectionID=d16Fdk4iJhE=&SectionName=aVlZZy44Xq0bJKAA84nwcg==&SEO=Sheeraz%20Qureshi,%20Shahmira%20Oad,%20Bachayo%20Oad,%20Shah%20A

  • Pakistan Christian Congress demands arrest of killers of Christian girl

    Karachi: March 11, 2010. (PCP) The Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Central Council have urged Punjab government to arrest killers of housemaid Kiran George who was burnt after rape in city of Sheikhupura in Punjab.

    PCC leaders expressed grave concern on rising incidents of rape-murder of Christian housemaids by Muslim employers in Punjab.

    Shazia Bashir was also raped and murdered by Muslim employer Mohammad Naeem Advocate on January 22, 2010, in city of Lahore.

    The recent incident of Kiran George have spread wave of anger among Christians who lodged strong protest by blocking main road in Sheikhupura city and demanded arrest of Mohammad Ahmed Raza and his sister.

    According to Christian residents, Kiran gave statement to police in hospital that she was raped by Mohammad Raza, son of her employer but when she wanted to run away from the employer home to lodge report with police, the rapist and her sister locked doors and threw petrol on him and set her on fire. kiran George was brought to Mayo Hospital Lahore where she died due to burning wounds.

    Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC expressed grave concern on rape and attempt to burn her alive by her Muslim employers.

    Nazir S Bhatti said “ Poverty caused by injustice in Muslim dominated society without due share in resources of state to millions of Pakistan have forced poor Christians to send their wives and daughters for jobs in homes of wealthy Muslims who have no respect to humanity and rising incidents of rape of Christian women on workplace is very alarming”

    “Will Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan take Suo-Motto notice of rape and murder of Kiran George to ensure justice for poor parents? It is big question mark because killer of Shazia Bashir also walked free from court with fabricated medical reports prepared on intimation of Mian Shahbaz Shrif , Chief Minister of Punjab but Lahore High Court and Supreme Court kept silent on rape. murder of 12 years old Christian housemaid” added Nazir Bhatti,

    Dr. Nazir Bhatti demanded immediate arrest of Mohammad Ahmad Raza to ensure justice to Kiran George.

    http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=1816