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Another girl abducted in Pakistan, forcibly converted to Islam

The spate in incidents of alleged abduction of Hindu girls in Pakistan, their conversion and marriage, has led to the demand for a committee to decide whether the conversion took place by will or was forced. 

The latest case in the series is the alleged abduction and conversion of Aarti Devi of Larkana. 

Meanwhile, the parliamentary committee to protect minorities from forced conversion has failed to form a law to protect minority community girls from involuntary conversion. 

Talking to the TOI on Friday, Pakistan Muslim League (N), member National Assembly (MNA) Kheal Das Kohistani said the Hindu community in Pakistan is distraught at the series of kidnapping and forced conversions. He said Aarti Devi was allegedly abducted by a man named Fawad, who converted her to Islam and renamed her Ayesha. 

“The worst part is that in majority of cases, police remain a mute spectator and doesn’t do anything beyond arraigning the hapless girls in court. In this case, even Aarti Devi’s family members were not allowed to meet her today,” he said. 

In 2019, a parliamentary committee to protect minorities from forced conversions, headed by senator Anwarul Haq Kakar was constituted but so far, it has not been able to form any law to protect girls from the minority community. 

PML(N) MNA Kheal Das said the committee was conducting meetings with all stakeholders across Pakistan and was in the process of finalising the Bill which would become law to give much-needed relief to minorities in Pakistan.

Condemning the incident, All Pakistan Hindu Panchayat, on its Facebook page, suggested formation of a committee comprising of retired judges, as well as known Hindu leaders to decide whether the conversion of minority girls was by force or by will.

Source: timesofindia.com

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