Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday strongly condemned the cold-blooded murder of Hindu Dalit girl Kaku Kolhi in Shadi Pali village in the Umerkot district at the hands of her tormentors and called for investigations by an honest police official to ensure justice.
Expressing sympathies with the members of Kolhi’s family, he said he was anguished to learn about the atrocities against this poor segment of society by criminals and goons, a statement issued by the Bilawal House said on Monday.
Bilawal pledged that the PPP would take every step and make efforts to protect the people from marginalised communities and ensure their dignity and security.
He further asked the Sindh government to take special interest and follow the investigations to ensure that nobody influenced the smooth investigations and that the culprits might not slip off the hook.—APP
News Desk adds: Last week, civil society and human rights organisations staged a demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club to protest against the cold-blooded murder of a Hindu girl in the Umerkot district.
The demonstration was jointly organised by the Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PDSN), Sindh Civil Society Forum (SCSF), Sindh Secular Forum (SSF), Sindh Progressive Youth Front and other organisations to protest against the gang rape and murder of the Dalit girl.
Raising slogans against “the influential murderers”, the participants urged the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo moto action against the culprits, saying that the local administration was supporting the culprits and adopting delaying tactics to arrest them.
“Arrest the rapists and murderers of Kaku Kolhi,” read one of the placards.The speakers also criticised political parties for allegedly supporting the accused. They condemned the police for not arresting the suspects, who gang-raped Kolhi and her sister in Shadi Palli.
When no action was taken against the culprits, they killed one of the girls for raising voice against them, they said.The speakers, including Mahnaz Rahman of Aurat Foundation, Zulfiqar Shah of the PDSN, Asad Chandio of the SSF, Shirneen Khokhar and Dr Birma of the SCSF, expressed concern over the atrocities being allegedly committed against the minorities in Pakistan, especially scheduled caste Hindus in Sindh. They said these Dalit peasant communities were the original inhabitants of Sindh, but they were treated as untouchables.