Despite living in miserable conditions in camps, Pakistani Hindu refugees in India do not want to leave the country and are hoping to get Indian citizenship, reports DNA.
Around 2,000 Pakistani-origin Hindus are reportedly living in three camps in Delhi. The areas include the Majlis Park metro station, Majnu Ka Tila and sector-11 in Rohini, Delhi. These refugee camps came into existence in 2013.
According to the report, for some of the Pakistani Hindu refugees, the first thing they want to do after getting Indian citizenship is to cast their vote.
Malo, a 46-year-old Pakistani Hindu, was cited in the report as saying that casting his vote would be the first thing he would do after getting Indian citizenship. However, he was also disappointed with the lack of facilities including electricity and water supply.
“All we want is citizenship and be counted as the member of this nation," Malo was quoted in the report as saying.
He also revealed the persecution Pakistani Hindus underwent in Pakistan. According to Malo, they were scared to send their kids outside the house because of which they could not get educated, but in India, they feel safe. He said that all they want is basic amenities from the Indian government.
Another refugee, Devi - a 15-year-old kid - said that Islamic teaching was forced on them in Sindh, Pakistan. She wants to become a doctor and treat people as, according to her, more than 30 people fall sick daily in the camp.