Amritsar: After a recent spate of attacks on Hindus in Pakistan, several families have made their way across the Wagah Border into India. They say they are afraid of going back. Those who have crossed over say there are hundreds of others who are also waiting to escape.
Mukesh Ahuja had a flourishing business in Pakistan's Baluchistan province. He never thought the day would come when he would have to flee to India. With eyes brimming, he told CNN-IBN how forced conversions, kidnappings and murders have taken a toll on Pakistan's Hindu community.
"They come and take money from us. They kidnap girls and then convert them into Islam," Mukesh said.
Hindus have been trickling into India through the border over the past few days. Most like Suman Devi say they will never go back. "I'm scared to let my children by themselves, they steal children and then take them away," Suman said.
Unhappy with the disclosures made by Pakistani Hindus, the Pakistani government has been forcing Hindus coming to India on pilgrimage visas to sign an undertaking that they will return. But many say they will not go back despite this.
"It's unlikely that we will go back. We will settle here if we manage to start our business here," said one of the Pakistani Hindus.
Even as Pakistan and India celebrated their Independence days, the plight of Pakistani Hindus has become a cause for concern in both the countries.