Dharki, a city located in the Ghotki District of upper Sindh is home to a sizable Muslim community, as well as a Hindu minority.
The Sant Satram Das Temple, with its sprawling grounds is overlooked by multiple statues of Hindu deities and is located close to the Bharchundi Sharif Shrine.
The shrine is a Sufi centre with a madrassah that has been mentioned in the media in connection with a high number of alleged forced conversions of members from the Hindu community in the area.
The administrators of the madrassah, including the local MNA Mian Abdul Haq also known as “Mian Mitha” maintain that the conversions are not forced but a result of the individual’s own choice and convertees approach the shrine as a safe haven in cases where their family doesn’t approve of their conversions. – Text by Zehra Naqvi/Dawn.com, photos by Zehra Naqvi and Salman Haqqi/Dawn.com