UN Human Rights experts urge Pakistan to take action against forced conversion and marriage

Furthermore, they have asked the authorities to take strict action in order to halt such practices.

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UN Human Rights experts urge Pakistan to take action against forced conversion and marriage

The United Nations (UN) has urged Pakistan to act against forced conversions and child marriages.

Rights experts from the UN have deplored forced conversions and marriages of girls from the country’s religious minorities. Furthermore, they have asked the authorities to take strict action in order to halt such practices. In a statement, the experts remarked that they are troubled to hear that young girls are kidnapped and trafficked away from home, and then made to marry men twice their age.

“We are deeply troubled to hear that girls, as young as 13, are being kidnapped from their families, trafficked to locations far from their homes, made to marry men sometimes twice their age, and coerced to convert to Islam,” they said. Experts further added that they are concerned that the marriages take place under threats of violence to the girls and women.

UN experts urge Pakistan to take action

The UN experts called on the Pakistani government to take immediate steps to prevent and launch thorough investigations into these acts. In response to this, Pakistan’s federal minister for human rights, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, told news outlets that the government is trying its best to ensure that the rights of minorities are protected in the country.

The minister said that the courts are aware of the situation, and they are doing everything in their power to implement human rights. Likewise, they have even issued directions in case of child marriages and conversions.

“We have set up helplines and given instructions to address such problems,” he said.

The UN experts’ comments came after activists from Pakistan’s Christian and Hindu communities reported abductions and forced conversions of young women in the country.

Every year, dozens of girls, usually teenagers, from the Hindu community are made victims of this practice. Furthermore, such acts are also facilitated by religious leaders. It is important to mention that forced conversions and marriages are not allowed in Islam.

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