New Delhi: The discriminatory legislation by Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has empowered people with ‘extremist mindsets’ to carry out attacks on religious minorities, stated the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), according to news agency ANI.
Islamist groups make use of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and anti-Ahmadiyya legislation to persecute religious minorities and gain political ground in the country, stated the CSW in its 47-page report titled, ‘Pakistan-Religious freedom under attack’. In the report released in December this year, the UN commission had noted that women, girls, and the Christian and Hindu communities of the Islamic nation are ‘particularly vulnerable’.
“Each year hundreds are abducted and forced to convert and marry Muslim men. Victims have little or no hope of being returned to their families due to the serious threats and intimidation from abductors against the girls and their families,” said the report, as quoted by news agency ANI. The UN commission’s report also said that police are unwilling to take appropriate action against the injustice and pointed out the weaknesses in the judicial process and the discrimination faced by religious minority victims of Pakistan.
The report cited various incidents to highlight the fact that the minorities of Pakistan are considered as second class citizens. Notably, the blasphemy laws in Pakistan deems a person criminal if found insulting Islam. Thus, taking advantage of these laws, several false cases have been lodged against the religious minorities in the country, stated news agency ANI.