Mutilated body of Hindu woman found in Pakistan


Islamabad, Pakistan
CNN

The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeast Pakistan on Thursday, police said as they investigate her alleged murder in the latest alleged attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority country.

The woman’s son, Somar Chand, said he found her disfigured body after he went with some relatives to search for his missing mother, according to a CNN police report. He claimed her skin was peeled off, her chest was cut off, and her head was split open with a sharp object.

Daya Bheel, 40, went missing on Wednesday, according to Surender Valasai, an assistant to Pakistan’s prime minister for human rights. According to the police report, her son told police in Sindh province that his mother had gone to collect grass but had not returned home.

Sindh Police said they have made an unspecified number of arrests in connection with the case and have deployed a special team to investigate. They could not determine a motive for the alleged murder and did not share any further details.

Pakistan’s Women Democratic Front said it was “extremely troubled, saddened and shocked” to hear about the case.

“Our sister was mercilessly murdered, her body was found tortured and mutilated a few days ago, yet there is a deafening silence in the corridors of power and in the mainstream media,” the group said. “Women Democratic Front calls on all women in the country, all our sisters, to join our hands to end this rule of violence and oppression.”

According to the country’s Bureau of Statistics, almost 97% of Pakistan’s 270 million people are Muslim, and minority groups often face discrimination and persecution.

According to the United States Government’s 2021 Report on International Religious Freedoms, mobs targeted and killed Christians, Hindus, Ahmadi Muslims and Shia Muslims in attacks believed to be motivated by religion or blasphemy allegations. Members of the Sunni Muslim-majority have also faced similar attacks in Shia-majority areas, the report added.

Last December, a Sri Lankan national working in Pakistan’s Punjab province was killed by a mob and later burned to death after he was accused of committing blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed.

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