The Hindu American Foundation has published the recent edition of its Hindu Human Rights report and has shocked the world with its findings.
The report documents the challenges that the Hindu minority faces in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Bhutan, the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad and Tobago. The current edition reports how the human rights of Hindus are violated in Jammu and Kashmir and in nine countries around the world.
The report’s author, Samir Kalra, stated,
Hindu minorities living in countries throughout South Asia and other parts of the world are subject to varying degrees of legal and institutional discrimination, restrictions on their religious freedom, social prejudice and persecution, violence, and economic and political marginalization.
The report also revealed that Hindu women are the most vulnerable as they are often abducted and raped, leading to forced conversions in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. In several other countries, where Hindus are a minority, the state has a discriminatory and exclusive agenda against them.
The report mentioned several incidents of forced conversions in Pakistan and how women were drugged to marry Muslims and converted to Islam. As a result of such atrocities, the Hindu population in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan is declining rapidly.
Suhag Shukla, executive director of HAF, said,
The population of Hindus in several countries, where they have been living for thousands of years, is dramatically declining due to constant fear and insecurity. From Afghanistan to Bangladesh to Pakistan, Hindus are under continuous siege and fleeing on a regular basis, further compounding the global Hindu refugee population that previously fled from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, among others.
The report assigned three levels of concern for the nations: egregious violators, serious concern and monitored countries. The egregious violators included nations like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Each of these nations have engaged in, or allowed systematic and rampant violation of, human rights of the Hindu minority.
The places listed under the “serious concern” category are Bhutan, Jammu and Kashmir, and Sri Lanka. These states have committed severe human rights violations against Hindus but not to the level of the earlier category. Monitored countries are Fiji, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad and Tobago. These nations have a “rich” history of human rights violations of Hindus but the situation has since improved. However, the report could not gather much data from Saudi Arabia.
The report not only publishes data on Hindu population around the globe but also makes policy recommendations towards improvement of living conditions of Hindus.