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Pakistan government body advertises menial sweeper job for Christians only

South Asia

Pakistan government body advertises menial sweeper job for Christians only

Pakistan job ad for sweeper. Photo credit: Christians in Peshawar

A Pakistani government body posted an advert for a menial sweeper job with “Christian” listed as an occupational requirement for applicants.

The advert ran in newspapers in Peshawar and was posted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. Two sweeper posts were advertised and both required that candidates be male and Christian. Following a public outcry, a board representative stated that the adverts would be amended.

Many Pakistani Christians undertake low-paid, dirty and sometimes dangerous jobs, often working as street sweepers or latrine cleaners. Despised by much of the Muslim majority, Christians are often viewed as unclean.

The first significant move of God in what today is the country of Pakistan took place in Punjab in the 1870s among a despised “untouchable” people group called the Chuhras.

This association of Christianity and inferiority continues to this day. Today, the term “Chuhra” is commonly taken to mean a latrine cleaner. It is viewed as intrinsically insulting by many Pakistanis and used as a derogatory term for Christians.