Pakistan: Two Hindu sisters kidnapped in Sindh’s Ghotki district on Holi eve

On the day of Holi festival, people of Daharki town of Sindh’s Ghotki district took to the streets on Thursday to protest against yet another case of Hindu girls being kidnapped for forcible conversion and marriage.

Hailing from the scheduled caste, Hindu community leaders alleged that two sisters, Raveena and Reena, had been abducted by people from the Kohbar and Malik tribes on the eve of Holi.

“We approached the police to lodge a first information report (FIR) but all in vain,” a community leader said as he continued to protest.

Hindu community leader Mukhi Shiv Menghwar said it was not free will and the girls were in fact kidnapped and forcibly converted.

In the aftermath of the incident, MPA Nand Kumar Goklani, who had initially moved a bill against forced conversions, urged the government to get a law passed immediately.

In 2016, the Sindh Assembly passed a law against forced conversions, which was contested by religious parties. Succumbing to the mounting pressure, the Sindh government and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership later asked the then-governor, Justice (retd) Saeeduzaman Siddiqui, not to ratify the bill.

Minority communities in Pakistan are very much depressed because no action had been taken for their basic human rights. Many protests and seminars were held for the amendments at the national level but nothing has worked till now. Ordinary Hindus allege that the so-called representatives of Hindu community who are in the national parliament & state assemblies are mere rubber-stamps working only for personal benefit, and are not serious about the concerns of the community.

It is announced by the local leaders and Hindu Punchayats on local level that protest will be held on Sunday, 24th March, 2019, at 4:00 pm at Karachi Press Club and every Press Club all over Sindh.

(This was reported by Shri Vijay Kumar from Sindh, Pakistan)


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