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Unreported forced conversions

Hindus “Rights movement” launches a campaign to seek justice and to limit violence and harassment by landlords. The court in Rawalpindi exonerates three Christians of blasphemy, now there are fears of retaliation by religious fundamentalists.

Pakistani Hindu girls are facing an increasing risk of being abducted, forcibly married and converted. Pakistan’s religious fanaticism is forcing the worried resident Hindu community to marry off their daughters as soon as they are of marriageable age or to migrate to USA, Europe or other secular states including India.

As per news published in the Asia News,Young Hindu girls forced to become Muslim and forced to marry their captors, denounce Pakistani Hindus members of the Rights Movement for “scheduled castes” recently formed in Pakistan. They also call for greater respect for their rights. Hindus belonging to “scheduled castes”, ie the protected Hindu minorities, form 6% of the total population of Pakistan, and 10% in the region of Sindh, but are under-represented in both public service and in the elected assemblies.

In addition, the movement calls for the creation of a law for the registration of marriages of “scheduled castes” that used the term “Hindu” rather than “scheduled castes” in the column that specifies the religion in the registrar, and that the National Parliament promote a law against religious hatred against them.

The movement brings together various ethnic Hindu groups such as the Kolhi, Bhel, Bagri, Meghwar and Rawar. They have no permanent homes, living in temporary camps at the mercy of local land lords. Since the creation of Pakistan the number of seats in Parliament reserved for minorities has never gone beyond 10.

This is why the Movement for Rights calls for granted lands, where they can establish their residence, that they be allowed to celebrate religious festivals and the application of the 6% quota reserved for them in public services. The leaders of the movement point out that the situation is such that the groups are kept in a state prison by landowners, and that instances of forced conversions of Hindu girls are extremely common, and not reported. They ask that measures are taken against those responsible.

The Christian minority suffers for similar reasons. A positive development should, however, be noted: a court in Rawalpindi has acquitted three Christians of blasphemy, even though fears that the three may become the target of an act of violence by Islamic radicals.

On June 12 court judge Akhter Sarfraz ordered the release of Hector Haleem, Basharat Masih and Robin Masih because the prosecution was not able to provide evidence supporting the charges presented against them last year by a Muslim, Ghufran Sialvi.

The accusation was that they had sent blasphemous messages. The court has opened an investigation to prosecute both the Police Commissioner for failure to provide evidence of the charges for the prosecution. Haleem, 55, runs an Pakistani NGO called “Peace Worldwide”.

Pakistan: Hindu and Christian girls are kidnapped and converted to Islam

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  • This is an act of ethnice cleaning undertaken by fundamentalists under the carpet of Islam.

  • This is an act of Ethnic Cleansing undertaken by fundamentalists under the carpet of Islam.

  • The great Indian leader Baba Saheb Ambedkar suggested a planned and total transfer of population on the basis of religion but Nehru-Gandhi-Jinnah ignored him.All these leader of 1947 Era are now revered in text books a great leaders but evaluation in retrospect prove them leaders with out vision.
    So many people killed and displaced during partition of India and still minorities are subjected to harassment by majority.Opinion leaders in both countries kept propagating for saving the minorities for the benefit of own politics.Still there is a chance of planned transfer of population.Lets give peace a chance.
    The colonial era Mantra of civilize savages seems have change in post colonial era,’Save the minority’.