Perils Of Faith: HRCP warns of rise in forced conversions of Hindus

Published: January 1, 2012
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HRCP’s Amarnath said minor girls and married women are kidnapped and then converted to Islam.  “They kidnap girls who are younger than 15 but they say they are adults and that the girls have accepted Islam and been married of their own free will”. PHOTO: FILE/REUTERS

HRCP’s Amarnath said minor girls and married women are kidnapped and then converted to Islam. “They kidnap girls who are younger than 15 but they say they are adults and that the girls have accepted Islam and been married of their own free will”. PHOTO: FILE/REUTERS

KARACHI: 

The increase in the number of reports of Hindu girls being kidnapped or made to convert to Islam has sparked concern from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

At the launch of its report on minorities in Pakistan titled ‘Perils of Faith’, HRCP’s Amarnath said minor girls and married women are kidnapped and then converted to Islam.  “They kidnap girls who are younger than 15 but they say they are adults and that the girls have accepted Islam and been married of their own free will”, he said. He also pointed out that no one is supporting the Hindu community on the issue. “We are Pakistanis first, and then Hindu. We earn enough and have food to eat but this conversion issue is not acceptable, it has discouraged Hindus in Pakistan.”

HRCP chairperson Zohra Yusuf noted that the “situation of religious minorities in Pakistan has grown worse over the last year. The government has not taken steps which could improve the status of minorities.”

Yusuf also highlighted the condition of the Hazara community in Balochistan, who are targeted and killed or kidnapped for ransom.  “Minorities are not considered equal citizens in Pakistan.  Some incidents that happened in 2011 have increased their vulnerability”, she said, citing the assassinations of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and the ex-federal minister for minorities affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti.

Yusuf also pointed out that the curriculum taught in schools, only teach children about “Islamic and Pakistani heroes. Other communities including Parsis have a role in the development of Pakistan.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • UK
    Jan 1, 2012 - 3:15PM

    Shame on pakistan…

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  • Ashish
    Jan 1, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Hopeless situation. On one side , there is so much opposition for ban on hijab to save our own females from evil eyes and on other side , kidnapping and forcefully converting minorities females to islam. Is it acceptable in Islam ?
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  • Sahil
    Jan 2, 2012 - 8:29AM

    Ancestors of those muslims, who are using force to win converts, might have been forcefully converted themselves. It sounds like a kind of virus you try to stay away from, but once you get infected, you want to infect others as well.

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  • Pita
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:25AM

    Yes they are continuing the grand Islamic tradition of victory at all costs. Forced conversions, kidnappings and rapes are the staple of Islamic history – its only that we remaining non muslims choose to put on blinkers and act surprised each time we hear of a new atrocity. Read up your history-why did the tradition of Jauhar take hold among Rajput women in the medieval times? On the forefront of the battle with Islma they had experinced these atrocities over and over again and created ritulaized mass sucide to deal with it

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  • निखिल उत्तराखंडी
    Jan 22, 2012 - 12:36AM

    after all kayad-e-azam dreamt of a “Islamic homeland” ….here is dream is coming true indeed !!

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  • from india
    Jan 25, 2012 - 3:32PM

    i feel like abusing

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