Hindus in Pak's Punjab province hold protest for land ownership
More than 100 Hindu women from Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan's Punjab Province have demanded that the government give them ownership rights of their occupied residential land.
The women held the protest under the banner of Scheduled Caste Rights Movement Pakistan (SCRMP).
SCRMP chairman Ramesh Jay Paal said 'scheduled caste' Hindus were living in the city in a miserable condition, as they had no property or financial resources in the area, reports the Daily Times.
He claimed that Hindu families in the area have no land ownership and said that their places of worship too have been occupied by people belonging to other religions.
Another SCRMP member, Preetam Balach, said that due to lack of schools and poor economic conditions, only two percent of the total Hindu population was receiving education. He said that they had no resources to run any business so they were forced to serve landlords at their farms.
Hindu leader Arjun Mangi said that there were hundred of thousands of square feet of government land which is not being used for cultivation or for any other purpose, adding that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should give them the ownership of the land for residential purposes.