Islamabad High Court on tuesday placed the two hindu girls who were reportedly abducted and forced to convert and marry in government shelter. The authorities has launched an investigation to know the actual truth. The girls belonged to a minority hindu community and are from southern Sindh province.
Two girls namely Raveena 13, and Rina 15, were abducted from their house on the day of Holi by a group of ‘influential’ men and were forced to change their religion and were married to two Muslim Men by a Muslim cleric. Initially police in Pakistan refused to file the case, they did this only after the local Hindus started protesting. The case is attracting much attention from the media all over the world, due to the fact that, though the marriage age in Pakistan is 18 years old,the law is ignored by many and also that the country is failing to protect its minor community. Beside that there is no legislation In Pakistan regarding force conversion of religion. The incident also attracted the attention of Indian authorities.
According to Karachi TOI reports, India has sent a ‘verbal note’ of protest on sunday asking Pakistan to take actions to ensure safety of minority communities. A twitter war between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry was followed, both challenging each other’s ‘guilty conscious’. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown solemnising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering nationwide outrage.
Why people are calling it ABDUCTION & FORCED conversion of hindu girls when it was clearly their own decision?— Liaqat Hussain 🇵🇰 (@Edwardian842) March 24, 2019
Wrong & illegal thing in this matter is underage marriage which must be punished but surely this is not a case of ABDUCTION & FORCED conversionpic.twitter.com/Dl7xRoY06E
The father of the two demanded justice " Shoot Me,"he wailed near a police station in Karachi
Two #Hindu children #Reena & #Raveena were forcefully converted to #Islam and married off to older men in #Sindh. Their father is weeping in a police station but to no avail.— Dr. Asim Yousafzai (@asimusafzai) March 23, 2019
“You can kill me, I had the patience, but now I won’t leave. Shoot me, shoot me.” pic.twitter.com/GQDeTxlnls
Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case and handed over their custody to Deputy Commissioner Islamabad and Director General Human Rights. The court asked the authorities to present a report on investigation by April 2 after which it will decide the further action. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the investigation in the case, after the which the clerk who performed the marriage and some other men were arrested. The whole truth about the incident is yet to come, as different people are claiming different things.
On March 24th there was another twist to this story which said that the two girls embraced islam willfully.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook