Two Hindu teenage girls (12 years and 14 years) were abducted on the eve of Holi in Pakistan and has been forcibly converted into Islam. It happened in the province of Sindh.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian representatives in Pakistan to give her a detailed report on that matter. She also sent a tweet tagging a media report of the incident saying the same.
The incident took place even as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan continued pushing his ‘Naya Pakistan’ narrative, recently tweeting, “Naya Pakistan is Quaid’s (Jinnah) Pakistan and we will ensure that our minorities are treated as equal citizens, unlike what is happening in India.”
The Hindu community in Pakistan is seeking stern action against the perpetrators and is also reminding the Prime Minister Imran khan of his promises to minority.
The local police only agreed to lodge an FIR in the case once the Hindu community came out on the streets to protest.
In the province of Sindh, the problem of minor girls getting kidnapped to forcefully getting married to much older men and converted into Islam is widespread.
How the incident took place
The Hindu community leaders told the police that the accused are from Kohbar and Malik tribes in the area. After the incident, the victim’s brother filed the FIR with the police. He said that the accused had a fight with him father few days ago. And on the eve of Holi, he forcibly entered their house armed with pistol and took his sister away with him.
Nand Kumar Goklani, who is a member of Pakistan Muslim League initially moved a bill in a government against forced conversion, requested the government to pass the bill immediately.
Later on, a video surfaced on the internet in which the girls are saying that no one has forced them to convert into Muslim or getting married.
But Goklani has said in the media that since the girls were underage, proves that it is a criminal offense as they couldn’t show free will on getting married or conversion on Islam.
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