Twelve Hindu families converted to Islam in Badin
All the converts, including 23 women, belong to the Bheel community.
More than 55 Hindus converted to Islam in Badin after the landlord and former Matli municipal committee chairperson, Abdul Rauf Nizamani, promised them protection and economic support.
All the converts, including 23 women, belong to the Bheel community and have been working the agricultural lands of Abdul Rauf Nizamani for many years.
Speaking to a source, Nizamani affirmed that the converting ceremony was held in Ismail Wadho village, some four kilometers away from Matli city last week. Around 12 families of the Bheel community converted to Islam at the ceremony.
The landlord added, “They all happily and willingly converted to Islam. No one forced them to leave their former religion.”
Contradicting his own statement, however, Nizamani said he had asked the former Hindus to embrace Islam. “They were non-religious people. These families were between Hinduism and Islam,” he alleged, continuing that here Islam offers security. Most of their relatives had already converted to Islam, he added.
Nizamani revealed that everyone in the village was now a Muslim, and he had asked the villagers to embrace Islam to make his god happy.
A Hindu activist from Badin, Mukesh Meghwar, said, “No one forcibly asks these poor souls to convert, but people behind such acts slowly brainwash them into disliking the Hindu religion.”
Matli in Badin is one of the many cities in the province where Hindus, especially those belonging to the lower castes, have been converting to Islam.
Commenting on conversions and forced conversions in several districts of the province, the Hindu activist said that the case of these 12 families was one of indirectly forced conversions.
He was of the view that economic disparities factored into such conversions as well. “Muslim landlords offer them financial opportunities,” he elaborated. “Our culture is under threat. We’re already a minority.”
Meghwar added that such actions and differences compelled members of lower-income minority groups to convert in hopes of better opportunities. “We will not be heard anywhere,” he said, citing fears of eradication of his community in this manner.
Meanwhile, Nizamani told the source that his family would financially support the new converts.
They would also be enlisted in an Islamic seminary located in the city. In a video shared by the landlord, the converts were seen reciting Quranic verses led by a cleric.
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