All business in Mirpur Mathelo came to a halt on Friday at the call of the Hindu Panchayat, following the alleged kidnapping of a young Hindu woman from the old market area.
Nineteen-year-old Rinkle’s father, Nand Lal, told the Mirpur Mathelo police that she was kidnapped by Naveed Ahmed Shah, who lived in Sufi Mohallah.
Head Constable Ghulam Ali told The Express Tribune that her father only informed the police and did not register a case.
The Hindu Panchayat is trying to find her on its own.
According to sources, Rinkle and Naveed fell in love and on Friday, she left her house and went to Daharki to Mian Mohammad Aslam of Bharchoondi Sharif. The couple plans to go to court on Saturday to submit their statements. Naveed’s family has moved to an undisclosed location.
Mian Mohammad Aslam, the son of Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Mian Abdul Haq, told The Express Tribune, that the couple visited him on Friday and the girl expressed her desire to convert to Islam and marry Naveed. Aslam informed the girl’s father and asked him to meet his daughter to confirm her wishes.
After waiting for Lal for more than five hours, the couple was taken to the Dargah Aalia Qadria Bharchoondi Sharif where she embraced Islam. Pir Mian Abdul Hayee alias Mian Shaman named her Faryal and solemnised the nikkah.
Aslam said that he also informed the Mirpur Mathelo DSP Syed Abbas Shah about the marriage.
Her uncle admitted that the family was informed by Aslam about her wishes to covert to Islam but remained adamant that she was under pressure to say so.
The girl’s family said that going to Daharki would have been useless and Aslam should have taken the girl to the SSP’s office instead.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2012.
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