Man Forced To Abuse Hindu Gods In Pak; Culprit Held After Outrage

In a video that went viral on Tuesday, a Hindu man in Pakistan’s Tharparkar district of Sindh province was forced to hurl abuses and obscenities at Hinduism and its religious deities. Police have arrested the suspect who was forcing the victim, identified as Mukesh Bheel, after outrage in social media about the incident.

The victim is a worker of the Thar coal project. to mock and hurl abuse at his religious deities after a video of the incident went viral.

In the video, according to a report published in The Dawn, the suspect can be seen hurling obscenities at a young man, who looks visibly shaken at the ordeal. The suspect repeatedly tells the young man to hurl abuses at the Hindu religion and deities, while also forcing him to say “Allahu Akbar”.

The Hindu man was also forced to hurl abuses at his mother and sister. The police official said that the suspect had committed sacrilege of the Hindu religion, which had hurt feelings of the minority Hindu population and caused anguish among the community, The Dawn report stated.

It was not immediately clear when the exchange was recorded, but on Tuesday, the video went viral on social media, prompting the Sindh government to take notice and order the police to arrest the suspect.

Subsequently, police arrested the suspect, identified as Abdul Salam Abu Dawood, and registered a case against him on behalf of the state at Mithi Police Station. The case has been lodged under Sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting Its religion or religious beliefs) and 298 (Use of derogatory remarks in respect of holy personages) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of Mithi Police SHO Inspector Mohammad Soomar.

The complainant, while referring to the video clip, stated that the suspect had forced the Hindu man, identified as Mukesh Bheel, to hurl abuses at his religion and deities.

According to local police, the suspect had stopped Mukesh on a main road around five to six kilometres from Mithi near the shrine of Chutthan Shah and slapped him. He also grabbed him by the neck while forcing him to hurl abuses at his deities.

In a tweet, Sindh chief minister’s adviser Murtaza Wahab said the suspect had been arrested from Khoski in Badin district.

According to local journalists, Salam too used to work in the Thar coal project, but had been sacked some time ago. His Facebook profile still lists the Thar coal project as his employer.

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