An FIR has been registered
Police have arrested a suspect from a group of men who vandalised idols at a temple in Sindh’s Nagarparkar.
One suspect was identified as a resident of Sorachand, Nagarparkar. He told the police he did it for money.
According to residents of the village, the men had visited the temple late Friday night after Hindus had finished their prayers. The suspects stole a number of icons of gods that adorned the walls of the temple.
The perpetrators smashed the head of one idol with what police suspect to be a sledgehammer.
Immediately after the attack, the SHO of the nearby police station reached the temple. He said an FIR has been registered and the police are searching for the suspects.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s Special Assistant Poonjo Bheel condemned the incident.
“Have spoken to SSP to inquire into the matter instantly as Tharparkar is the land of love, peace and harmony where such acts will damage exemplary coexistence,” he tweeted.
Earlier this week, Hindus across Pakistan began celebrating their nine-day Navratri with Dussehra falling on Sunday. During these days, people fast throughout the day and head to the temples in the evening. Their prayers are followed by garba, a form of sacred dance originating from Gujarat and performed for goddess Shakti.
Desecrating a place of worship in Pakistan is an offence under the law. It comes under blasphemy‘s section 295 of the Pakistan Penal Code. Last year, in a rare case, a Muslim was booked for attacking and damaging a temple.