25 conversions of young Hindu girls and women take place every month in Pakistan: Report


The case of 2 Hindu girls from Sindh is one of many cases of forced conversion and marriage of underage Hindu girls to Muslim men, which are repeated in villages of districts of Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar and Umerkot in Sindh (close to Indian border) from time to time, many of which go unreported. These three districts Mirpurkhas (33% Hindus), Tharparkar (36% Hindus) and Umerkot (49% Hindus) contribute to the significant Hindu community in Sindh.

In January 2019, Anusha Kumari, a sixteen-year-old Hindu girl was abducted and forcefully married to a Muslim man. The High Commission has taken up this case with Pakistan. On June 07, 2017, 16-year-old Ravita Meghwar, an underage Hindu girl, was forcefully converted and married to a Muslim man. Ravita Meghwar’s parents claimed that their daughter was abducted by men from influential Syed community in Tharparkar district and forcibly converted by Pir Ayub Jan at the Sarhandi shrine in Samaro and married off to one of her kidnapper Nawaz Ali Shah. Another case of forced conversion of a Hindu minority teacher was of Arti Kumari in Sindh to a Muslim man in September 2017. A minor Sikh girl Priya Kaur [aged 17]was kidnapped and married off [April 28- 29, 2017] to one Wajid Ali in Buner district of Khyber Pasthunaua and was forced to embrace Islam.

The Indian government took up cases of intimidation of Sikhs and Hindus and also desecration of their places of worshipwith the Pakistan government in February 2019, June 2018 and December 2017.

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