India’s surgical strike in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has added to the problems of Hindu Pakistani citizens as a number of them are now migrating towards India.
The minority Hindu community has been forced to abandon their homes and seek refuge in India.
The influx of Pakistani-Hindu migrants entering India via the Thar Express, that connects Karachi to Jodhpur, has increased significantly in the last few weeks.
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The Hindu refugees entering India do not have plans to go back to Pakistan and want to settle here permanently. For now, these people will stay in camps for displaced Pakistanis in Dali Bai, Kali Beri and Angnwa, in Rajasthan.
Violence and atrocities against the minority Hindu community in Pakistan has been persistent for many decades and they were treated very badly. Reports suggest that Hindus in Pakistan have never been seen as the citizen of Pakistan, but thought of as Indians.
It is a common occurrence of Hindu temples being burnt and demolished or converted into government offices at different places in Pakistan. Despite official promises to rebuild these temples, in many cases, little or no action has been taken to redress the situation.
Moreover, molestation and abduction of Hindu girls, demanding of huge ransoms in kidnap cases, and frequent arrest of Hindus on false charges is also very common in Pakistan.
Maya and Moti, two of the 31 migrants who arrived here few weeks back, said the situation in Pakistan is awful and that they would rather die than return back.
To give some relief to minority communities of Pakistan who are staying in India on a Long Term Visa, the Modi government has recently planned to roll out special facilities for them like allowing them to buy property, open bank accounts and get PAN and Aadhaar cards.
Among other concessions the BJP-led government is all set to offer them include reduction in fees for registration as citizens of India from Rs 15,000 to as low as Rs 100.
There are around 400 Pakistani Hindu refugee settlements in cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Raipur, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Kutch, Bhopal, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Delhi and Lucknow.