The leaders of the Pakistan Hindu Council appealed to the government at a press conference on Thursday, to take action against forced conversions of Hindu girls to Islam in rural Sindh.
The council’s ladies wing president, Mangla Sharma, spoke on the alleged abduction of Rinkle Kumari, a 17-year-old Hindu from Mirpur Mathelo, who converted to Islam and got married to a Muslim boy, Naveed Shah, on February 24.
Sharma claimed that the girl was forced to convert. “We want the government to hand the girl over to her parents as per her request.”
Sharma said that the community has not objected to other cases of marriages between Hindu girls and Muslim boys as they were free-will unions. She alleged that during the judicial hearing, Rinkle was forced to change her statement.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 2nd, 2012.