Pakistan: Hindu Girl From Ghotki Found Dead In Hostel Room After Rioting And Attack On Temples

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 17 September 2019, 01:13 PM
The body of Namrita Chandani was found on Monday with a rope tied to her neck (Image: Twitter)
The body of Namrita Chandani was found on Monday with a rope tied to her neck (Image: Twitter)

A Hindu girl from Ghotki in Pakistan’s Sindh was found dead on Monday in her hostel room in Aseefa Medical Dental College in Larakana. According to ANI, the body of final year BDS student Namrita Chandani was found on Monday with a rope tied to her neck. There were signs that she struggled to save her life. Her phone also went missing which was later recovered by the police.

Her brother Dr Vishal Sundar has alleged foul play in her death. He said, "There are are marks on other parts of her body too, like a person was holding her. We are a minority, please stand up for us." He demanded that case must be investigated fairly and citizens should support his family.

The incident occurred in the aftermath of rioting and attacks on Hindu temples, houses and the school whose principal was accused of insulting Islam. Narmata belonged to Mirpur Mathelo, a taluka of Ghotki, where the rioting had happened.

The college administration has been trying to pass it off as suicide, however, the evidence points to other direction, according to his family. Questions were raised as to why her body was lying on the bed instead of hanging from the rope, as generally happens in the cases of suicide by hanging.

On Sunday, widespread protests erupted in Ghotki district in Pakistan's Sindh province after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy, according to a Pakisran media reports. The riots broke out after an FIR was filed against the principal of Sindh Public School on the complaint of Abdul Aziz Rajput, a student's father who claimed that the teacher had committed blasphemy.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan shared a video of protesters breaking the infrastructure of the school and expressed concern over the situation.

"Alarming reports of accusations of blasphemy in Ghotki and the outbreak of mob violence," the rights organisation said in a tweet.

Videos of stick-wielding protesters were shared on social media in which they were seen vandalising a Hindu temple and damaging the school where the incident took place, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Activists and journalists took to Twitter to share videos and images of the rioting and appealed to the Sindh government to protect the minority Hindu community, the report said.

(With Agency Inputs)

First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 01:04 PM

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