The girls have been identified as Rani aged 15 from Mirpurkhas and Dadli Oad 12 from Umarkot, Sindh. These incidents have raised serious concerns regarding the protection of minority rights and the rights of minors in Pakistan.
The two Hindu girls were initially abducted and subsequently coerced into converting to Islam. Following their conversion, they were married off to Muslim men, intensifying the distress faced by their families. The incident has ignited outrage among human rights activists and members of the Hindu community, who are demanding immediate action to address this grave violation of human rights.
Forced conversions of religious minorities, including Hindus, in Pakistan, have been a deeply concerning issue.
Abductions and Coercion:
There have been numerous reports of Hindu girls and women being abducted, often by individuals or groups with links to extremist religious elements. Once abducted, these girls are subjected to coercion, threats, and sometimes violence to force them to convert to Islam.
After conversion, these abducted Hindu girls are often married off to Muslim men without their consent or under duress. These forced marriages further solidify their conversion to Islam.
In many cases, the legal system in Pakistan fails to protect the rights of the abducted girls and women. Even when their families file cases in court, the girls often testify that their conversion and marriage were voluntary due to fear of retribution or harm. There are concerns that most of these forced conversions involve underage girls, which raises questions about the validity of consent given their young age.
Extremist religious groups and individuals sometimes perpetrate these forced conversions as part of a broader agenda to increase the Muslim population and diminish the presence of religious minorities in Pakistan. Hindu persecution in Pakistan persists, sometimes fueled by tensions with India. In some cases, members of the majority community target Hindu girls.
Pakistan lacks comprehensive laws to address the issue of forced conversions adequately. Existing legal frameworks often fail to provide adequate protection to religious minority communities.
The issue of forced conversions and Hindu Persecution in Pakistan has drawn international attention and condemnation from human rights organizations and governments concerned about religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities in the country.
It’s crucial to understand that most of the conversions in Pakistan are forced, and there are cases of genuine religious conversion. However, the concern arises when coercion, abduction, or threats are involved, making the conversions non-consensual and a violation of human rights. Efforts to address forced conversions in Pakistan require a multifaceted approach, including legal reforms, increased protection for religious minorities, and awareness campaigns to change societal attitudes toward religious diversity and freedom.