An Afghan hindu woman was killed “cruelly” by armed robbers who entered her house in Kabul on Thursday evening and robbed her property, including money and jewelry, local residents said. The incident was confirmed by police.
Kart-e-Parwan, the location of the incident, hosts the only Hindu and Sikh community in Kabul, and is surrounded by houses of high-ranking former and current officials.
The victim's relatives and neighbors said she was killed by a knife attack. The jewelry stolen is worth Afs1 million (over $13,000), and an additional $4,000 was also taken, the residents said.
The woman, Pardika, returned from India on Wednesday evening, according to her relatives, who also said she was alone in her room last night.
The spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Nusrat Rahimi, said an investigation has started into the incident.
Hindus and Sikhs have lived in Afghanistan for generations, but the various wars have forced many to leave the country and settle elsewhere.
An investigation by TOLOnews in 2018 June revealed that close to 99 percent of the pre-war Hindu and Sikh population of Afghanistan has left the country over the past three decades.
The investigation revealed that the Sikh and Hindu population numbered around 220,000 in the 1980s. That number dropped sharply to 15,000 when the mujahedeen were in power during the 1990s and remained at that level during the Taliban regime. It is now estimated that only 1,350 Hindus and Sikhs remain in the country.
According to the findings, the main reasons behind their departure include religious discrimination and the government's neglect of the minority group--during the Taliban regime era in particular.
The TOLOnews findings indicate that where Hindus and Sikhs were once very active in business within the country, they are now faced with increasing poverty.
The findings also show that Hindus and Sikhs had suffered huge setbacks after the Taliban regime collapsed in 2001. This forced a large number of them to leave the countryside and to migrate to Kabul for a living. As a result, there are no Sikh or Hindu citizens living in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.