Pakistan: Christian, Hindu Girls Become Target of Sunni Muslim Clerics

Anuualy 1,000 Christian and Hindu immature girls converted to Islam, and married forcefully

A Hindu agricultural engineer Raj Kumar in his facebook post reported about a 13 years old Hindu girl who was first abducted from Shahpur Chaker and then married with a 52 years old man after converting to Islam at Bharchundi Dargha. That man was already married and having five children.

Pir Faqeer Abdul Khaliq aka Mian Mithoo of Bharchundi Sharif helped these forced conversion. He belonged to Daharki town of district Ghotki, Sindh. Within last three years, Mian Mithoo converted 150 girls to Islam.

“No single day passes without abduction of Hindu girls. Another daughter of Heero Meghwar from District Tharparkar has been abducted,” said Hindu rights defender Shankar Meghwar.

Asad Chandio, a veteran journalist who was a leading voice against forced conversions of Hindu girls in Sindh, informed that one dangerous cleric is Pir Ayub Jan Farooqi aka Pir Ayub Jan Sirhandi. He is from Samaro town in Omerkot district. This religious priest victimizes the Hindu girls of Umarkot and Tharparkar district Sindh. These districts consist of 65% of the population.

Chandio is presently living in Houston, Texas. He fled Pakistan after receiving death threats. He is still working on secret services.

Pir Farooqui leads Gulzar-i-Khalil in Samara town. In this religious seminary he issues an annual report about the converted Hindu girls and boys. Their conversion to slam is told voluntarily conversion.

A paper reports that anuualy 1,000 Christian and Hindu immature girls converted to Islam, and married forcefully.

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani is the Member of National Assembly of Pakistan and leader of the Pakistan Hindu Council told that minor girls are abducted and after fifteen days their marriage certificate is presented to the court. Moreover their conversion to Islam is insisted their free will. Very few cases are reported, reach to the court and tell about the rape, mostly in such cases the family is threatened to death. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported that every month about 25 Hindu girls are converted to Islam.

Bhagwan Das, member of National Assembly of Pakistan and leader of minorities told, “Unfortunately, the frequency of these crimes is increasing due to religious extremism.”

Like minor Hindu girls are targeted in Sindh province similarly minor Christian girls are targeted in Punjab province. Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) chief Bhatti said, “Raping and killing the kafirs (Non Muslims) is justified in their basic Islamic ideology”.

Dr Nazir Bhatti, who is the president of the Pakistan Christian Congress, said that in Pakistan forced conversion to Islam and rape of Christian girls is happening with exemption from punishment.

In another case 12 year old Christian girl in Lahore kidnapped and raped. Later the militant organisation Lashkar-i-Taiba produced a marriage certificate which claimed that the minor girl was married to one of their members. A non-profit Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP) reported that every year hundreds of Christian females, “usually between the ages of 12 and 25 are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party.”

MSP conducted an investigation on “Forced Marriages & Forced Conversions in the Christian Community of Pakistan” and produced a report which tells that Christian women are targeted to “sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse”. But in court the victim females just due to fear give statement in the favour of culprits.

Christian & Hindu girls become target of clerics in Pakistan

PCC’s Bhatti said the Christians girls are threatened that they will be killed for blasphemy and apostasy.

An American newspaper quoted the ISIS saying, “It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse; however if she is not fit for intercourse, then it is enough to enjoy her without intercourse.”

Zakir Naik (president of the Islamic Research Foundation in India) favours the practice of sexual slavery. He says, “There are many verses in the Quran which say that you can have sex with those who are your wives and what is your right-hand possesses (girls and women slaves)”.

Pakistan law prohibits child marriage. Even then forcibly kidnap, rape and marriage to young or minor Hindu and Christian girls have no qualm in Pakistan.

A Sindhi nationalist activist, Mir Salim Sanai said that forceful marriages are also common to the minor Muslim girls in Sindh. But the Muslim girls are not abducted and their parents show agreement to their own child marriage.