Sushma Swaraj appeal honesty for Pak Hindu girls compelled to convert, marry
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on 26 March 2019 appealed that the two Pakistani Hindu girls, who were purportedly appropriated, effectively converted to Islam and married to Muslim men should be reconciled with their families. Both the girls are too young.
Enforced turning of Hindu girls in Pakistan: The age of the girls is really discussed. Raveena is only 13 years old and Reena is 15 years old. Also, the Prime Minister on Naya Pakistan will not trust that girls of this delicate age can deliberately agree about their turning to other religion and marriage,” Swaraj tweeted taking an insult at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s catchphrase to insist fresh thinking in his government.
She also told that even the Prime Minister of Naya Pakistan will not trust that girls of such age can deliberately decide about their transformation to other religion and marriage.
Khan has mentioned to ‘Naya Pakistan’ in his public conversations after coming to competence in last year’s parliamentary elections. Khan has also organized an investigation into the occurrence.
Swaraj said that fairness appeal that both these girls should be rebuilt to their family directly.
Meantime, in Pakistan, Islamabad High Court arranged the government to establish care to the minor girls and take over their supervision. The two minor girls are sisters from Ghotki in Sindh. They were purportedly forcibly converted from Hinduism and married to Muslim men on the occasion of Holi.
The circumstance came to public knowledge after the father and brother of the underage girls posted videos on social media giving information of the case. Civil association activists in Pakistan staged protests containing one out of the Karachi Press Club on 24 March 2019.
Amid protest by the family members of the girls and objection by activists, another video was launched on social media showing the two sisters declaring that they transformed to Islam out of their own free will.
The agency said that on 25th March 2019, police apprehended almost seven people, news agency ANI reported, in relation to the case. One of those held was the marriage officiator.
Citing police, Dawn told that many raids were done on 24th March 2019 night in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district where it was trusted the girls were taken from Ghotki and jailed the Nikah Khwan who performed their marriages.
A court in Pakistan took the government to take guardianship of the girls, who came before the Islamabad High Court on 26th March 2019. Farrukh Ali, a police officer, told news agency Reuters said that the court has supervised the deputy commissioner to take their guardianship.
The Hindu society in Pakistan took out protest rallies calling for severe activity against those accountable and advised Imran Khan of his assurance to the minorities of the country when he was elected to power.
Hindus form the largest minority society in Pakistan and most of them live in Sindh colony. Pakistani media reports say, almost 25 forced marriages to take place each month only in Umerkot district in Sindh province.