Dr. A. R. Javed

The Untouchables of Pakistan

In 1858, present day Pakistan became a part of the British colony of India. Christian missionaries evangelized the Churas (the dalits or untouchables). They were sweepers and scavangers, forced by Hindus and Muslims to live outside village limits. By 1931, Christian Churas outnumbered Hindu Churas around Lahore, Punjab’s capital. More than a century later, “Chura” remains a term of opprobrium, a slur directed at Christians.

The untouchables remained uneducated, drprived of all rights, and above everything else slaves to the majority powerful Muslims. The humanitarian organizations have failed to prove their impartiality as well. The only little help that this community receives is from the Christians of the West. Not many just a few people from the United States of America and the U.K are willing to hear the stories of these Churas.

In the recent years the parliment of Pakistan have allowed the selected not elected members of Christian community to voice on behalf of their community. It has resulted in both awareness as well persecution.

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Dr. A. R. Javed

Dr. A. R. Javed is on faculty of New York School of the Bible, offering and heading the department of Missions and Understanding Islam. He is a lecturer at Davis College's NYC site and regularly gives lectures on Islam, Missions, Christian Theology nationally and internationally.

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