Hundreds of Indian Muslim girls being forced into converting to Hinduism

Published: January 17, 2017
A file photo of Kashmiri women praying in a mosque. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Kashmiri women praying in a mosque. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of Muslim girls are being forced into converting to Hinduism in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, according to media reports.

Known as the resting place of the Buddha, Khushingar in UP is reporting an alarming number of cases where Muslim girls are being abducted and forced to convert to Hinduism by the BJP MP Yogi Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini.

One of the forcibly converted Muslim girl, calls herself Ameesha Thakur, a name given by her husband Arvind. Just across the lane is Ameesha’s maternal grandparent’s house, where her family doesn’t even acknowledge her existence. Abducted three years ago when she was just 13 and now married to a Hindu and living as one, she is not their little Zubeida Khatun any more.

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“They made a public announcement in the panchayat that they will make her a Hindu. Now she is living like one, how can we accept this?” questions her uncle Abdullah.

The reality is hard to accept for the family, which is one among the few Muslim families in the village. He alleges that their little girl was kidnapped by the powerful Thakur family and was forced to convert.

According to the FIR filed by Zubeida’s family in 2013, Rameshwar Thakur and his sons Arvind and Nagin Thakur have been charged with kidnapping and compelling a young woman into marriage. According to the family, Rameshwar Singh’s friends in the HYV engineered Zubeida’s abduction.

Between 2014 and October 2016, 389 cases of underage girls missing or kidnapped were registered by the district police. Superintendent of Police, Bharat Kumar Yadav says, “No parents would want their daughters to marry willingly. Sometimes these girls are underage or have no documents to prove their age, in such cases we take their statements in front of a district magistrate.”

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A fact finding report of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) on Kushinagar found dozens of cases of rapes and forced kidnappings of young Muslim girls for religious conversion. The report, submitted to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in January 2016, blames `local goons of HYV’ for the atrocities.

According to AIMMM President Mohammad Sulaiman, who believes all men accused of crimes have a connection with HYV, strong HYV influence and backwardness of the Muslim community in the region is a major factor behind the increasing number of cases.

Almost one-fourth of India’s Muslim population lives in Uttar Pradesh. Within the state, 36% of the minority community is concentrated to the east. In Kushinagar, the Muslim population stands at a mere 16%.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Feroz
    Jan 17, 2017 - 4:56PM

    This is fake news and wonder how it got planted here. Sex with a girl under 16 years is called rape in India and the accused can suffer life imprisonment. Law does bother whether married or unmarried or whether sex was consensual, nor can religion dilute any such law.Recommend

  • AD
    Jan 17, 2017 - 5:04PM

    Headline stated from 100 of girls and ended up with one girl that to kidnapped long back. Do not try to stand India in same line where Pakistan stands. Muslim in Up stands at 16 percent and not one percent and growing by day not like Pak minorities. Indian Muslims are proud Hindustani.You guys won’t succeeded in evil designs.Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Jan 17, 2017 - 5:19PM

    In India no woman is safe be it aged 70 years or 5 yrs old ! Rape of women in India is in a endemic form,every 22 minutes a rape takes place !Recommend

  • fahim
    Jan 17, 2017 - 5:33PM

    Whether 16 or 60, no forced marriageRecommend

  • Menon
    Jan 17, 2017 - 5:52PM

    At least, she doesn’t have to be concerned about the TRIPLE TALAQ atrocity.

    All Muslims in South East Asia were Hindus, so they are just going back to their roots!Recommend

  • rama
    Jan 17, 2017 - 5:53PM

    What a irony, Pakistan newspaper talks about the forced conversion !!!!Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jan 17, 2017 - 5:55PM

    Rinkal Kumari of India! May she be happy and safe!Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Jan 17, 2017 - 6:34PM

    File photo is showing Kashmiri girls praying in mosque not about conversations.Recommend

  • Mouli
    Jan 17, 2017 - 6:57PM

    Better luck next time.Recommend

  • Mian
    Jan 17, 2017 - 10:38PM

    The report has riled Indians big time and they have gone into denial. Truth is always bitter.Recommend

  • silver
    Jan 17, 2017 - 11:14PM

    India exposed once again. What a horrible place for non hindus. Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Jan 18, 2017 - 5:09AM

    Lets say someone calls you by some bad name. You would get riled up but that does not mean it’s truth , does it??? Recommend

  • Siddhu
    Jan 18, 2017 - 7:47AM

    fake news, pakistanis live in their own world, no idea of what is going on in the world.Recommend

  • hari
    Jan 18, 2017 - 8:23AM

    Greatest strength of Hinduism is it’s adaptation to changing circumstances and learning from adversaries. Seems like after 70 yrs we are learning a thing or two from Pakistan! Recommend

  • Praful R Shah
    Jan 18, 2017 - 8:28AM

    Fake news as Donald tells the world!!!Recommend

    Jan 18, 2017 - 10:52AM

    What else do you expect from APP (Associated Press of Pakistan) ? Just like their electronic media counterparts, plant false news.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Jan 18, 2017 - 11:16AM

    Forced marriages for conversion is most horrible kind of terrorism and Hindu India excels in this form. World must take note.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 18, 2017 - 1:23PM

    How come no such article in any Indian web sites ? Recommend

  • Billa
    Jan 18, 2017 - 10:16PM

    Yes. That’s why it provokes reaction because no one wants to hear the truth rather they want them to shut up through briligerent reaction. Logic.@Kulbhushan Yadav: Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Mar 22, 2017 - 11:09AM

    Only Pakistani papers report this.Recommend

  • Javed akhter
    Apr 7, 2017 - 6:33PM

    Let’s talk about how any one would feel about forced conversion it is a shame in 21st century this being.seen as norm no matter who is doing these shame full acts should be brought to Justice.whether it’s Pakistani or Indian or anyone we as human should stand together and fight this And Help the suffering Individuals​.Recommend

  • Zahid Anwar
    Jun 3, 2017 - 7:57AM

    True face of secular India . Hindus have always been trying to forcibly convert Muslims into Hinduism even before independence. This was one of the big causes that people asked for a separate country .Recommend

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