Thursday, 17 April 2014

Christian and Hindu Girls in Pakistan

There's a news report suggesting 1,000 Christian and Hindu girls/women are forced to marry Pakistani men every year (in Pakistan). I'm not too sure if this is true but if it is, I as a Muslim denounce this. We all know forced conversions are not allowed and we have already seen the popular Muslim speaker and imam, Mufti Ismail Menk, teach that forced marriage is a sin in Islam:

So if these acts are actually taking place, Muslims across Pakistan and the globe call for this to be stopped - it's not Islamic.

The problem with Pakistan is that there is a huge number of folk who are not educated in Islamic sciences  - combine this with corruption then you have a cocktail for disaster.

As a Muslim in the West, I think it's prudent for folk who are concerned to write to their respective Pakistani embassy. Let's get the authorities to look into matters.

Sadly, I fear those who are insincere will use this story to foment hatred against Muslims and Islam (despite Islam being opposed to forced conversions and forced marriages).

Here's a snip from the news report:

WASHINGTON—Around 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men every year, according to a report released by Movement for Solidarity and Peace- in Pakistan on Monday.

The report states the estimates of the incidence of forced marriage and conversion from 100 to 700 victim Christian girls and 300 Hindu girls per year, adding that the true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater, as a number of cases are never reported or do not progress through the law-enforcement and legal systems.

The report has categorized the concurrent incidence of forced conversions and forced marriages as a distinct crime specific to minority Christian women in Punjab.

The research by MSP has lead to discovery of a distinguished pattern:

Christian girls — usually between the ages of 12 and 25 — are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party.

The victim’s family usually files a First Information Report (FIR) for abduction or rape with the local police station. The abductor, on behalf of the victim girl, files a counter FIR, accusing the Christian family of harassing the willfully converted and married girl, and for conspiring to convert the girl back to Christianity.

Upon production in the courts or before the magistrate, the victim girl is asked to testify whether she converted and married of her own free will or if she was abducted.

In most cases, the girl remains in custody of the abductor while judicial proceedings are carried out. Upon the girl’s pronouncement that she willfully converted and consented to the marriage, the case is settled without relief for the family.

Once in the custody of the abductor, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse

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