Another minor Hindu girl kidnapped in Pakistan forcibly converted to Islam

    24-Jun-2020
In another shocking incident, a minor Hindu girl has been abducted from Pakistan's Sindh province, converted to Islam and married off to her kidnapper, Wion reported.
 
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The minor named Reshaman from Jacobabad in Sindh province who was kidnapped and converted to Islam was married off to her abductor Wazir Hussain on June 18.
 
Abduction and forced conversions of Hindu minor girls is rampant in Pakistan and has exposed the tall claims by the Imran Khan Government of security and safety of minorities in the country.
 
There have been numerous cases of forced conversions involving Christian and Hindu girls, mostly minors, across Pakistan who are then married to Muslim men in Pakistan. Even police and politicians ignored their grievances and left the minorities to live a miserable life.
 
According to a Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report, at least 1,000 non-Muslim girls have forcibly converted to Islam in the country annually. Many of these girls belong to the Hindu community in Sindh, where about eight million Hindus live.
 
Despite these many cases of forced conversions, the country till now has turned down two bills. The bills tabled in 2016 and 2019 demanded that the minimum age for changing one's religion be set to 18 years, jail terms be sanctioned for anyone guilty of coercion, and 21 days in a safe house be mandated for the person seeking conversion to ensure that the decision has been taken out of the free will.
 
While rejecting the bill in 2016, former Sindh Governor Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui, said: `When Hazrat Ali [the fourth caliph in the Sunni sect, and the first Imam for the Shia] can convert to Islam at a young age [9 years], why cannot Hindu girls? `This kind of resistance has also been seen during attempts to eradicate child marriage in Pakistan. The Council of Islamic Ideology cited Prophet Muhammad's marriage to six-year-old Aisha, as narrated in hadiths (compilations of the prophet's sayings).
 
In March 2019, nearly 2,000 Hindus staged a sit-in to demand justice for two sisters, who they claimed were forcibly converted and married.
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