Hindu Doctor Killed in Pakistan for Celebrating Hindu Festival Holi

dr dharam dev rathi

Asia Desk, Delhi Magazine: A Hindu doctor was murdered in Hyderabad, Pakistan on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday for celebrating the Hindu festival Holi. 60 years old Dr. Dharam Dev Rathi was a skin specialist. He was murdered by his Muslim driver Hanif Leghari and he is currently absconding.

Shortly before his death, Dr. Dharam Dev had celebrated Holi with his friends. His driver Hanif was angry with this and he killed the doctor by slitting his throat on returning home.

Dr. Rathi lived in the Citizen Colony of Hyderabad in Pakistan. His cook Dilip Thakur was also present in the kitchen at the time of the incident. However, when Hanif killed the doctor, he was not in that room. Later he reached that room and then called the police.

Cook told the police that when Dr Rathi returned home after Holi celebrations, Hanif argued with him for a long time.

Dr. Rathi also used to treat poor skin patients for free 

Dr. Rathi lived alone in his house. He had two servants and a driver. He retired two years ago from a senior post in the Health Department. His wife and children live in America. Rathi was also going to shift there after a few days. Dr. Rathi also used to treat skin patients for free by setting up medical camps in many parts of Pakistan. The Sindh government had also given him an award.

A Hindu medical student was murdered three years ago in Karachi. The name of the student was Namrata Chandani. Namrata was a doctor and professor at Bibi Asifa Dental College, Larkana. Namrata’s body was found on the bed in her hostel room. A rope was tied around her neck.

The police tried to call it a suicide. Later, when the medical reports came, it became clear that Namrata was murdered after rape. Namrata’s brother Vishal and father are also doctors. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had demanded a proper investigation into the matter from the government.

Surprisingly, at that time Pakistan had set up a fast track court to investigate the matter and both its judges refused to hear it. In this case, two associates of Namrata were taken into custody. They were later released.

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Delhi Magazine Team

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