Forced conversions have been a concern and a sad tale of human rights compromise, particularly in Sindh. Sindh has for long preserved its minority population to an extent, however, the shrinkage has been a dilemma. There have been countless cases of young girls being kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married off. The families allege that they taken abducted on gunpoint, Islam is imposed on them by force and then the image is propagated that they eloped with their own will.
The crisis extends beyond Sindh now, as a case has emerged from country’s capital Islamabad as well. Mother of three, Saima Iqbal was abducted from her home on gunpoint on the night of 25th February. The video message from her husband was shared on minority rights forums on Facebook. He says that he had been spending a calm and happy life in Iqbal Town for 18 years unless a man named Muhammad Khalid Satti abducted his wife.
Their plight was unheard for days as police completely refused to register FIR. The FIR was registered after the family threatened to self-immolate themselves. Succumbing to pressure, the police had to take action.
Days later, the woman was discovered however fake documents were produced regarding her conversion and marital contract, which her husband says is impossible since she was already bound by one. He requests the authorities, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa nd PM Imran Khan to help them out as they feel helpless in the situation. He said that since these issues have a religious label attached to them, it is difficult for a minority member to pursue in such cases.
Here is what he said in the video message addressing the authorities:
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