A Hindu temple that was badly damaged last week by an angry mob in central Pakistan has been handed over to the Hindu community after repairs to the structure, a government official said on Monday.
This development comes five days after a group of Muslims attacked the temple in Bhong, a town in the eastern province of Punjab, damaging statues and setting the main gate of the temple on fire. They were angry that a court granted bail to an 8-year-old Hindu boy who allegedly desecrated a local religious school.
District administrator Khurram Shahzad said local Hindus would resume worship at the temple soon.
The Hindu boy was arrested after allegedly urinating on a carpet in a school library housing Islamic religious texts. The mob at the time alleged that the boy had committed blasphemy, an act punishable by death in Pakistan.
Authorities later arrested dozens of people suspected of participating in the attack on the Hindu temple, saying they will have to pay for temple repairs.
Muslims and Hindus generally live in peace in a Muslim-majority Pakistan, but there have been attacks on Hindu temples in recent years. Most of Pakistan’s Hindu minority emigrated to India in 1947 when India was divided by the British government.