Pakistan’s Hindu community records protest against forced conversions

Hindu community records mass product against forced conversions, taking out a rally from Pakistan Chowk to the local press club in Hyderabad and Karachi.

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  • Members of the Hindu community belonging to Kohistan belt recorded a mass protest against forced conversions.
  • Several hundred members of the Hindu community belonging to the Kohistan belt took to streets against forced abductions and conversions.
  • Activists and the members of civil society and participated in the rally.

 

Pakistan’s Hindu community took to streets to record protest against abductions and alleged forced conversions of young girls. The protest was held in Hyderabad as the community members took out a rally from Pakistan Chowk to the local press club and outside the Karachi Press Club.

The protest in Hyderabad was arranged by ‘Voice of Kohistan’ and by Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) in Karachi.

Notable parliamentarians, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA Kheeal Das Kohistani of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), MPA Mangla Sharma of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and PTI MPA Sanjay Gangwani, were also part of the protest. Civil society activists Ross Mahtani and Jaipal Chhabria also participated.

”Let us live”

 

The protesters carried banners and placards urging to hear their plight. The banners had headlines like “Stop the forced conversion of Hindu girls after kidnapping them”, “Forced conversion is not an Islamic ideology”, and “Please let us live peacefully”.

The participants narrated incidents where the girls were said to have embraced Islam by their choice, but they later confessed on falling victim to forced conversions and forms of abuse.

IGP promises safety and security:

As reported by a local media channel, Sindh Inspector General of Police Dr. Kaleem Imam met PHC patron-in-chief MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani. He requested IGP to provide security to the young Hindu girls protesting outside the press club.

IGP assured him of full cooperation, adding that they will soon meet PHC members, stakeholders, and minority members to devise a detailed strategy to address the issue of forced conversions.

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