The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field Thursday in the southeast Pakistanpolice said, as they investigated her murder allegations in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country.
The woman’s son, Somar Chand, said he found her disfigured body after he and several relatives searched for his missing mother, according to a police report obtained by CNN. He alleged that her skin had been stripped, her breasts were cut off, and her head was slashed with a sharp object.
According to Surender Valasai, an assistant to Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister, Daya Bheel, 40, went missing on Wednesday. Her son told police in Sindh province that his mother went to pick grass but did not return home, according to the police report.
Police in Sindh said they had made an unspecified number of arrests in connection with the case and had set up a special team to investigate. They have not been able to determine a motive for the alleged murder and did not share further details.
Pakistan’s Women’s Democratic Front said it was “deeply disturbed, saddened and shocked” to hear of the incident.
The group said: “Our sister was mercilessly murdered, her body was found in a state of torture and mutilation a few days ago, but there is still deafening silence in the air. power corridors and in the mainstream media”. “The Democratic Women’s Front calls on all the women of the country, all our sisters, to join hands to end this violent and oppressive regime.”
According to the country’s statistics bureau, nearly 97% of Pakistan’s 270 million people are Muslim, and minorities often face discrimination and persecution.
According to the U.S. government’s 2021 report on International Religious Freedom, mobs targeted and killed Christians, Hindus, Ahmadi Muslims, and Shia Muslims in the past year. the attacks are believed to be religiously motivated or accused of blasphemy. Members of the Sunni Muslim majority have also faced similar attacks in Shia majority areas, the report added.
Last December, a Sri Lankan citizen working in the Pakistani province of Punjab was killed and then burned by a mob after being accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed.