Force Conversions On its Hype in Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

December 16, 2020

The minorities’ communities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan fear for its faith. Every year in Pakistan, several hundred young Christian or Hindu girls are forcibly converted to Islam, and sometimes married off. The growing radicalisation in the country is making life increasingly hard for the non Muslims Pakistanis – and they have little recourse in the face of violence. The allegedly forcible nature of the conversions, the almost identical pattern of the cases, and the targeting of minor girls have deeply unsettled the Hindu and Christian population, which constitutes about few percent of Pakistan’s more than 200 million people. This sense of alarm feeds into a broader reckoning: 70 years after the partition of the Indian subcontinent, some Hindus are reassessing their place in Pakistan and Christians have decided to settle down.

When Pakistan created in 1947, the country’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, said that religious minorities should have freedom to live there and practice their faith. But today Pakistan’s identity is that of an Islamic national state, hardcore religious groups are a formidable force, and religious minorities have little voice in society. As influential Islamic shrines and religious groups work to convert people to Islam, some Hindus are leaving their villages and moving to cities in Pakistan, or leaving Pakistan altogether and moving to India but Christian have no choice. Poor Christians do not even welcomed in other Christian countries.

In the Past years due to the tense situation between Pakistan and India, Hindus were greatly trolled by Pakistan. Reportedly, many Hindu girls,  was abducted and then converted forcefully to Islam, in Sindh Pakistan.

Last year Daily Express report, around 180 Christians have been converted to Islam in the recent week in the first three weeks of 2019.

In Recent year, the level of force conversion rises, and even it has observed that the minor Christian girls become the victim of the force conversion. Arzoo Raja a 14 years old girl from Karachi was abducted by 44 years old Muslim man and forcibly marry her, In a similar situation 13 years old Farah Shaheen was abducted and converted to Islam. However as per law it is illegal, but several Islamic institutes allowed and legalized such marriages in Pakistan.

Farrukh H Saif, a Human rights defender, allege that young Christian and Hindu girls are abducted coerced into converting to Islam, and married off to Muslim men in an organized manner. These conversions are often backed by powerful shrines, seminaries, and clerics, as well as politicians. Seminaries and shrines protect the couple and say the girl willingly eloped, converted and married.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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