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Pakistan floods: Hindu temple gives shelter to 300 Muslims


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Severe floods are wreaking havoc all around Pakistan and people are running from door to door for help. In these testing times, in a little village called Jalal Khan, situated in the Kutch area of the Baluchistan province, a Hindu temple has opened its gates in order to provide assistance to the distressed people.

As per reports, the temple has been made a safe shelter for around 200 to 300 Muslim victims of the flood and are being provided with food. The village was cut off from the rest of the province because of the inundation of the Nari, Bolan and Lehri Rivers, and the people living in distant areas had left their homes in order to save their lives. In the meantime, the village’s Baba Madhodas Temple, which is situated at an elevation and has 100 rooms, stayed protected from the flood waters. Therefore, the temple provided shelter to the flood-affected victims and their animals.

As per locals, Baba Madhodas was a Hindu saint from pre-independence times. All the locals, both Hindus and Muslims had great faith in him. The saint used to travel on a camel and believed humanity to be above people’s religion and caste. Reportedly, majority of the Hindu locals from Jalal Khan have left their village and moved out to other areas of the Kutch region in order to bag employment and other opportunities.

And some families stay in the temple premises to look after it. Currently, the temple’s in-charge is 55-year-old Ratan Kumar, who is a shopkeeper from the Bhag Nari Tehsil. A doctor, Israr Mugheri, has set up a medical camp in the temple. Hindus had made announcements on loudspeakers, inviting Muslims for taking shelter in the temple.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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