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Hindus are untouchable: Minority immigrants from Pakistan narrate stories of misery

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The Hindu and Sikh families, who were forced to flee Pakistan after the religious persecution crossed its limits in the past two decades, have settled in various parts of Punjab including Amritsar, Khanna, Jalandhar, and Pathankot.
Punjab being the frontier state and sharing borders with Pakistan has witnessed the immigration of Hindu and Sikh families from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sialkot and other parts of the country.

Most of the immigrants living in Punjab are Hindus. Besides religious persecution, the safety of the women belonging to the minority community was one of the primary reasons behind their immigration.

Finding a home in India and a job are some of their biggest challenges as the homeowners and employers, they say, are sceptical about their identity. Pakistani Hindus and Sikhs do not have any identity proof except their expired Pakistan passports and Indian visas that they have to renew regularly to stay as immigrants.

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