Forced Religious Conversions in Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

August 13, 2018

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 and sometimes married off. The growing radicalization 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 minority population, which constitutes about few percent of Pakistan’s more than 220 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 shrines and religious groups work to convert people , some Hindus are leaving their villages and moving to cities in Pakistan, or leaving Pakistan altogether and moving to India.

In the recent episode, in the current situation between two countries, Hindus were greatly trolled by Pakistanis. Reportedly, 14 years, Hindu girl, who was abducted and then converted forcefully to Islam, in Tando Allayar, Sindh. In an application submitted to police station by Mangul s/o Faqira said that Ms. Komal was abducted on January 27 and was forcibly married to Mr. Mohammad s/o Mohammad Ayub on February 05, 2019. Until now the Sindh government has not taken any action against the culprits.

According to Daily Express report, around 180 Christians have been converted to Islam in the recent week or so. The report said that 82 male, 42 female and 33 young female and 24 young male have been converted to Islam in two different cities of the province of Punjab. The said people belong to poor class segment of society. The report further rejects the forcibly conversions in Pakistan.

Farrukh Saif, Our International Director of ECSPE Organization allege that young girls are abducted coerced into converting and married off to adult 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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