Forced conversion have become a topic of discussion once again as the alleged abduction and forced conversion of two Hindu girls from Sindh. Reflecting on the available information and research on the subject, a 2014 report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP) in Pakistan, revealed that approximately 1000 girls are forcefully converted to Islam, usually under the cover of marriages. Among them, up to 700 of these women are Christian and 300 are Hindu.
“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” – authors of the said report claim.
With the release of the report, MSP also issued an appeal for action along the investigation in the matter of forced conversions and marriages of minority girls in Pakistan. Among the minority population, Christian population makes a giant 42% – majority of them residing in Punjab.
“You have to keep in mind the theory of ‘triple oppression’; you’re female, you’re a minority, and you’re from a low-income background, and the intersectionality of the three will force Christian girls into the most vulnerable positions.”
The report exposes these cases in context of 10 illustrative cases. All of them followed the same pattern, same miscarriage of justice. It also reveals social and historical context of the problem with relation the existing legal, political, and procedural guarantees for the protection of human rights of Pakistan’s religious minorities.