Pakistan: Minor Hindu girl kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam in Sindh

Sindh, Pakistan: A 17-year-old Hindu girl, a resident of Naukot, Mirzapur Khas district, was abducted and forcefully converted to Islam in Sindh province in Pakistan. As the family of the minor informed, the girl was abducted on February 15 from the Naukot market, where she was with her younger brother.

As her younger brother told the police, a resident of Umerkot , Rouf along with his two friends, taunted the girl and forcefully took her away with them. 

The victim’s father, Ramesh Bheel, stated the police haven’t yet registered the FIR against Rouf and his friends. Only an entry has been made in the record of missing persons.

Moreover, police officials tried to convince his father that the girl had left with Rouf on her own will, thus looking to wait for another week before registering a case of abduction against the accused.

But, on February 19, Naukot police handed over a copy of the certificate to the victim’s father, which asserted that the girl had embraced Islam on her own will and her name was also changed after her conversion.

The Inspector, Naukot Police Station, informed the victim’s family, that the girl herself confirmed willingly embracing Islam and her desire to reside with Rouf’s family in SamandKhala, Umarkot, during a telephonic conversation. 

The girl’s family now fears losing their daughter forever to the kidnapper as she would be married to him, once she turns 18 within three months.

This isn’t something really new in Pakistan, especially the Sindh province, where kidnapping, forceful conversion to Islam and marriage of minor Hindu girls to Muslims, with the least concern from administration, human rights organisations, mainstream media and social media platforms in Pakistan.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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