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Find out why Mian Mithoo is Symbol of Terror among Hindus in Pakistan!

The Hindu activists, on this National Minorities Day, assembled at Lahore’s Faisal Square in Karachi to protest against Mithoo's forceful Islam conversion of Hindu girls

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Kolkata, August 23, 2016: The symbol of terror, Mian Mithoo is making headlines for past few weeks and there is a reason why the Hindus in Pakistan fear him!

Not many are aware that Pir Abdul Haq is better known as Mian Mithoo- is the former leader of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) and a Muslim cleric. He is the one behind kidnapping Hindu girls and forcibly converting them to Islam.

Apart from forcefully converting Hindus to Islam in Pakistan, there are several other cases registered against him. He is also accused of the murder of a Hindu boy and a doctor on August 6. Apart from that, a few years ago, a case was filed against his name by Rinkle Kumari’s family, one of the Hindu residents of Pakistan, that Mian Mithoo supported the girl’s abduction.

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To mark protest against forceful Islamic conversion, thousands of protesters had come down to the streets with banners that said #ArrestMianMithoo, Stop forced conversion of Hindu Girls and others- the crowd was full of Hindu activists and Hindu groups of Pakistan, who had assembled at Lahore’s Faisal Square in Karachi and Islamabad on National Minorities Day, in Pakistan.

Ghotki District Mian Mitho of Daharki. Image source: Youtube
Ghotki District Mian Mitho of Daharki. Image source: Youtube

This protest was not confined within the boundaries of Pakistan and got spread across the world. Hindu communities in the places like– Toronto, Houston, and New York had shown their outrage and had protested against the same, mentioned Zee News.

Mian Mithoo who belongs to an influential family in Pakistan’s Sindh province is also accused of kidnapping teenage girls, especially who are under 18, and forcefully getting them married to their respective kidnappers so that they can be converted to Islam.

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Even after numerous protests, Mian Mithoo is still strong in his place, denying the facts that have been alleged against him. It has been known from a source, that according to him, “The girls who come to us are mature. Within hours of their arrival, we call their parents so they can talk to their daughters- offer them come meet them. If the girls still refuse to go, as Muslims we then provide them protection.”

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But, the Hindu activist Kapil Dev used the social media to gain support in this issue denied the statement by Mr.Haq. He questioned why all those girls of Hindu families, around the province, used to meet Haq, but not any other Muslim cleric, mentioned a leading news portal.

President of the Pakistani Hindu Council, Mr.Ramesh Kumar Vankwani also went against the declaration made by Mithoo. Expressing deep despair, he said that these forceful conversions and kidnapping have become the biggest problem in Pakistan and this is the reason, Hindus are leaving Pakistan.

Finding no way out of this situation, the Hindus in Pakistan are left with one question- “Where to go?”

– prepared by Riashe Chakraborty from NewsGram. Twitter: @itzriashe

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Research Says, Hindu Kids are More Likely to Believe that Hinduism Equals to Being Indian

The findings, published in the journal Child Development, also suggest that Muslim children feel no less Indian because of their faith

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If Muslim children were to equate being Indian with being Hindu, they could very well feel conflicted about being Indian or being Muslim. Pixabay

When it comes to the question of who is a true Indian, the country’s Hindu children are more likely than their Muslim peers to connect their faith to their national identity, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Our results indicate that by age 9, Hindu children have already internalised an ‘Indian equals Hindu’ association, and we show that this association predicts children’s support for policies that favor Hindus over Muslims,” said study senior author Mahesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley.

The findings, published in the journal Child Development, also suggest that Muslim children feel no less Indian because of their faith, indicating they are shielded from religious nationalist messaging and able to identify both as Indian and as Muslim, added Srinivasan.

“If Muslim children were to equate being Indian with being Hindu, they could very well feel conflicted about being Indian or being Muslim. We know from other research that disconnection from one’s own national, ethnic, or religious group is bad for mental health and other life outcomes,” he said.

Through surveys and social psychology measures, the researchers examined the explicit and implicit associations and attitudes of 160 schoolchildren aged between 9 and 16 in Vadodara, Gujarat.

All the children attended Zenith, a charitable school for low-income children in Vadodara.

The children, 79 of whom were Hindu and 81 of whom were Muslim, were each given an implicit association test, which asked them to swiftly pair together words and pictures.

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When it comes to the question of who is a true Indian, the country’s Hindu children are more likely than their Muslim peers to connect their faith to their national identity, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. Pixabay

The results showed that Hindu children more readily paired images associated with India with the word “Hindu” and images associated with foreign countries with “Muslim,” suggesting that they think of India as primarily a Hindu nation.

By contrast, Muslim children were just as fast at pairing Indian images with the words “Hindu” or “Muslim.”

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India is home to about 900 million Hindus and 200 million Muslims, as well as Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jews and offshoots of these groups. (IANS)