Municipality in Pakistan Bans Use of Derogatory Term for Christians and Sanitation Workers


The term chuhra is an abusive term, historically reserved for sanitation workers. The term refers to an individual’s heritage as a member of a low caste community associated with the profession of street sweeping, a profession considered spiritually impure.

Because many members of this low caste community converted to Christianity, an association between being Christian and low caste was formed. Presently, the term chuhra is sed as a derogatory slur against all Christians, regardless of their profession.

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