Sale of 'Om' inscribed shoes in Pakistan leave Hindus fuming

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Hindu locals of Sindh province held a protest after shoes with 'Om' inscribed on them were being openly sold in the markets. Communities appealed to Sindh government and local authorities to ban the sale of the shoes as it hurt their religious sentiments.

Members of the Hindu minority in Pakistan resorted to a large-scale protest after shoes with 'Om' inscriptions were sold openly in the Sindh province. The protestors deemed the actions of the shopkeepers and distributors as blasphemous. Angered over the incident, the community even sought a ban on the sale of the shoes stating that it hurt their religious sentiments.
The protests were carried out after the shoes were brought to the notice of the Hindu community. The Pakistan Hindu Council has begun protests against the Sindh government and local authorities operating in Tando Adam Khan. According to Ramesh Vankwani, the patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council, shoes with 'Om' symbols were being sold during Eid festivities for the last three years.

1. Members of Hindu community alleged that the shoes were sold purposefully to insult the sentiments of Hindu locals.

2. Pakistan Hindu Seva, an organization working for inter-faith solidarity said that the shoes were being manufactured by Zeb Shoes.

3. A statement by the group requested the authorities concerned to take notice of the matter immediately to override any expected mistrust within the locals.

4. The organization demanded that Farman Ahmed owner of Zeb Shoes to be barred from manufacturing and selling the shoes.

5. The community alleged that the shoe company's actions were spreading hatred.

6. Hindu communities asked locals of Tando Adam Khan town to seek legal help to settle the issue and refrain from violence.
7. Some local newspapers even reported that the sales were not restricted to Tando Adam Khan and that they were being sold at other parts of Sindh.

8. Pakistan is home to about eight million Hindus most of whom reside in southern province of Sindh.
Source:indiatoday.intoday.in

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