As you celebrated the new year with your loved ones with full zeal and zest, you must have seen an image floating around on social media.
The picture is of Daya Bheel, a 44-year-old Pakistani-Hindu and mother of 5.
Bheel was brutally and ruthlessly raped, decapitated and mercilessly tortured to death. Her relatives discovered her body, which had been dumped in the mustard fields in a village during a search party that was gathered after she had failed to return home.
“Her head was separated from the body and the savages had removed flesh of the whole head, wrote PPP Senator Krishna Kumari Kohli of Tharparkar.
Daya Bhel 40 years widow brutally murdered and body was found in very bad condition. Her head was separated from the body and the savages had removed flesh of the whole head. Visited her village Police teams from Sinjhoro and Shahpurchakar also reached. pic.twitter.com/15bIb1NXhl
— Krishna Kumari (@KeshooBai) December 29, 2022
A police team from Hyderabad was also said to be visiting Sanghar to collect samples of suspects for DNA examination. Reportedly, the police officers have said to recover the weapon that is believed to have been used in the heinous act.
PPP leader and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Minister for Minority Affairs Giyanchand Essrani took the notice of the incident on Thursday. Essrani was scheduled to visit the area on Friday.
A sheet was also found lying at the scene of the offence. The exact number of samples collected by the Hyderabad police could not be confirmed but the sheet may prove of use to catch the sick individual or individuals behind this act.
“The sorcerers are being questioned from time to time. Daya Bheel’s relatives claimed that her husband also died following a matter involving a sorcerer”, said a police official.
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He added that no one was officially arrested but suspects were being grilled to seek their answers to important queries. One of the sorcerers was identified as Roopo Bheel who, police believed, was in touch with her over the mobile phone.
“This case is being closely watched and the murderers of Daya will be arrested soon,” Sanghar SSP Bashir Ahmed Brohi told reporters. Moreover, a 5-member joint-investigation team led by Sinjhoro DSP Javed Ahmed Chandio has been formed. The DIG has tasked the JIT to submit the initial report in 24 hours.
Social Media Reactions on Daya Bheel’s Rape & Murder
The brutal murder of Daya Bheel demands our attention.
We demand #JusticeforDayaBheel and an immediate end to these grave violations of our bodies and our basic right to live.
— عورت مارچ لاہور – Aurat March Lahore (@AuratMarch) January 3, 2023
Shocking details of Daya Bheel.
Where are we heading? Infact going backward at an accelerated rate.@ZaraHatKay_Dawn
— Sobiah Qureshi (@SobiahQ) January 2, 2023
Concerning. There is intense media and civil society pressure on police to deliver top quality investigation but that can’t come at the cost of inflicting torture. #JusticeForDayaBheel @ncswpk
— Haya Zahid (@ZahidHaya) January 2, 2023
Give justice to someone at least. Someone, anyone.
Otherwise we ll keep on fleeing the country like we are doing now.
We have lost hope…..#JusticeForDayaBheel
— Aqsa (@theLostRooh) January 2, 2023
What happened to all those minority bills and women bills — their presence has only decorated the assembly's papers and best suited as talkers? Sigh! Sindhi society needs to be a safe place — now it gives the impression of some horror thriller! #JusticeForDayaBheel
— Žižek (@Zizekianism) January 2, 2023
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Just recently, Pakistani actress Ushna Shah also voiced her concerns that religious minorities in the country have no rights and are treated with criticism.
She wrote, “Daya Bheel, a Sindhi Hindu raped, murdered and decapitated in the most heinous manner yet barely any media outrage. Why aren’t we speaking about this.”
In a follow-up tweet, she said “I have some close Hindu Pakistani friends. Wonderful, kind people, some are even like family to me. They happen to be from privileged homes. I shudder to think that their lives would have been bad if they had not been, like the majority of minorities, who have no voice #dayabhel.”
I have some close Hindu Pakistani friends. Wonderful, kind people, some are even like family to me. They happen to be from privileged homes. I shudder to think that their lives would have been bad they not been, like the majority of minorities, who have no voice.#dayabhel
— Ushna Shah (@ushnashah) December 30, 2022
Increase in Crime Against Women from Minorities in Pakistan
As haunting and unbelievable as it sounds, it’s awfully true. In recent days, crimes against women, particularly from the minority sectors have increased.
According to the United Nations, Pakistan has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. This violence can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual assault, and honour killings. There are a variety of factors that contribute to violence against women in Pakistan, including cultural and social norms that discriminate against women and a lack of legal protections.
It is important for the government and civil society to work together to address this issue and ensure that women are able to live safely and free from fear of violence.
It’s high time we spoke up for the women and girls and use our voice to raise awareness on not just a national level but an international level. Crime against women, children, men, minorities, and all in between needs to come to an end, it’s about time!
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