Kidnapped And Forcefully Converted To Islam: Pakistan’s Systematic Practice Of Forced Marriages

21-10-2014

Abductions and forced conversions have been a part of Pakistan’s history since its independence in 1947. In 2012, a 17-year-old Hindu girl, Rinkle Kumari, was abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, and later married to her kidnapper under duress. Today, Rinkle still lives with her perpetrator with no prospect of justice, fair treatment or a trial.

The statistics on constantly increasing forced marriages and conversions are quite worrying, says South Asia Partnership Pakistan provincial coordinator Shahnaz Sheedi. In 2014 alone, 260 cases were reported from Punjab, followed by 69 in Sindh, 39 in K-P and 6 in Balochistan.3

Global Human Right Defence’s (GHRD) partners in Pakistan confirm that numerous cases of abductions, and forced conversions coupled with forced marriages have been recorded in Sindh. However, the majority of the cases are not being addresses in any way due to improper or lacking minority representation in the province. With no due process and legal integrity, abducted underage girls are sold into sexual slavery and prostitution, says Zohra Yusuf, the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). Download the article here.

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