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For disobeying Ramadan customs, a 90 year-old man was brutally beaten by Police in Pakistan

The 90 year-old man was brutally beaten up by the police for eating during the fasting month

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  • 90 year-old Hindu man was brutally beaten up for eating an hour before Muslims break their fast in Ramadan
  • A GoFundMe campaign was launched online to help fund the man’s medical care
  • Human rights groups have asked for the accused to be arrested, but not received a reply from the Government

In Pakistan, the minorities are wary of their safety, especially in the month of Ramadan because of the notorious ways employed by the government and police forces to forcefully enforce compliance with religious traditions associated with Islam. A similar situation unraveled on Saturday, June 11, where an old man was brutally beaten up by security forces.

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Gokul Das posing with bleeding hands. Image courtesy: twitter.com

90 year-old Chacha Gokal Das living in the Sindh region of Pakistan was found consuming rice at 6.30 PM outside his house, which is forty minutes before Muslims break their fast at sundown. Locals immediately summoned the authorities to have him arrested for disobeying Muslim traditions.

Ramadan is the holy month of praying and fasting for Muslims. The 90 year-old man was brutally beaten up by the police for eating during the fasting month, an event which has caused widespread outrage on Twitter. The picture of the injured man showing his bleeding hands went viral on Twitter. A campaign, called GoFundMe to help fund his medical fees was also launched owing to the fact that he was greatly stricken with poverty. These attacks come in the midst of ongoing attacks on a government licensed Hindu owned liquor store in Pakistan. Two Hindu priests were also hacked to death in two separate locations in Bangladesh, both during the month of Ramadan.

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Minority groups and human rights organisations have expressed outrage all over social media platforms and appealed to the Government for the arrests of the accused, but haven’t received any reply.

Pakistan has a population which is 97% Muslim, which is why strict Islamic laws are observed, and any individual failing to comply with these laws are often subjected to extreme cases of violence. the minority non-sunni Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Ahmadiyyas fall under the minority quota, and are more prone to attacks.

-The article is written by a staff-writer at NewsGram

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  • devika todi

    this is atrocious! the interests of the minority community should be looked after too.

  • Paras Vashisth

    This is very shameful because u brutally beaten a 90 years old men,this is not a punishment this is sinfulness.

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Pakistan’s Court Summons TV Team for ‘Disrespecting’ Valentine’s Day Ban

On February 14, Geo TV’s popular Report Card show dedicated a 15-minute segment to discussing the justification of the court’s ban on Valentine’s Day coverage and celebrations

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People buy flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 14, 2018. Pakistan's media regulatory authority, acting on a court order, has instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to refrain from promoting Valentine's Day. VOA

A Pakistani court has summoned several TV reporters from the country’s largest private TV station over accusations of “ridiculing” last year’s ruling that barred Valentine’s Day celebrations and its media coverage across the country.

On February 14, Geo TV’s popular Report Card show dedicated a 15-minute segment to discussing the justification of the court’s ban on Valentine’s Day coverage and celebrations.

Two of the panelists in the show questioned the rationale for the ban.

Hasan Nisar, a prominent Lahore-based political analyst, declared the restrictions “illogical” and “ridiculous” for society.

“I do not even have anything to say on it, it’s funny,” Nisar said.

Echoing Nisar, Imtiaz Alam, a leading reporter and panelist of the show, said the restrictions were “useless.”

“How can the court interfere as it is against the fundamental rights of the people? Do we have Taliban regime in Pakistan?” Alam asked.

“This is a cultural martial law and curfew to enforce the extreme ideologies. This is a sick mindset, and the moral policing through PEMRA [Pakistan Electronic Media Authority] is shameless,” Alam said.

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People buy flowers to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 14, 2018. Pakistan’s media regulatory authority, acting on a court order, has instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to refrain from promoting Valentine’s Day. VOA

Court order

Last year, on February 13, Islamabad’s High Court declared Valentine’s Day celebration un-Islamic and imposed a ban on any public or official celebrations.

The government reinstated the ban for a second consecutive year earlier this month to comply with the court’s ruling.

PEMRA also issued a fresh directive to remind its TV and radio licensees to refrain from promoting the day on their stations.

“Respondents are directed to ensure that nothing about the celebrations of Valentine’s Day and its promotion is spread on the electronic and print media,” PEMRA’s notification reads.

On charges of failing to adhere to the court’s order and PEMRA’s instruction, Islamabad court summoned the Geo TV host, two guests and the chief executive officer of the station to appear before the court next week and defend themselves in a contempt-of-court case.

“This act of the host and the participants apparently is tainted with malafide, ulterior motives, aims to undermine the authority of the court and to disrespect the order passed by the court, which clearly comes within the definition of the contempt of court,” the court said, according to local media.

The ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations and sensitivity toward it are not new in Pakistan. Some political and religious groups, such as Jamaat-i-Islami, have carried out rallies and protests against the celebration of the day, declaring it “unethical and un-Islamic.”

There have been instances in the past where local authorities prohibited the February 14 festivities in different cities across the nation.

In 2016, President Mamnoon Hussain also warned Pakistanis to stay away from celebrating Valentine’s Day, declaring it was “not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West.”

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A couple buys flowers to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 13, 2017. A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations in the country’s capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. VOA

General debate

Valentine’s celebrations have increased in Pakistan over the last decade, particularly among the country’s youth.

The enforcement of the ban on its celebration and media coverage for a second consecutive year has sparked a larger debate among some of the country’s liberal and conservative circles.

A section of the society defends the celebrations and considers them harmless, though for others the day does not have any place in their religious practices or their traditions.

Pakistan, for the most part, is a conservative Muslim society. Public displays of affection are not the norm and often are viewed as unacceptable.

But some Pakistanis, like Saleema Hashmi, a Lahore-based artist, and renowned educator, believe the system is focusing on “irrelevant issues” at the expense of more important and pressing issues the country faces.

“Don’t our courts have better things to do instead of passing rulings on celebrating a mere romantic day?” she asked. “I do not understand how celebrating or denouncing Valentine’s Day can impact our religion, traditions, social or cultural norms.” (VOA)