Teenage Girl Allegedly Abducted, Forcibly Converted In Pakistan
Senior police officials said an FIR had been registered and that raids are on to arrest the three suspects.
A teenage Hindu girl, who was abducted by unidentified gunmen a few days ago in Pakistan's Sindh province, has been forced to convert to Islam and pressured to get married, a media report claimed on Thursday, 21 December.
Quoting the family of the girl, the Dawn said that the 14-year-old girl was abducted from Thar village after three armed men barged into their home and held the family hostage.
The girl's father said that he contacted some influential people in the area but was told that his daughter had converted and married a person named Naseer Lunjo and there was little that could be done, the paper reported.
The family members alleged that local police too was not interested in recovering the girl.
The family demanded that the girl be recovered and produced before a court if she had indeed converted, the report said.
However, senior police official from Thar, Ameer Saud Magsi, said an FIR had been registered while raids are being conducted to arrest the three suspects.
The SSP further told the Dawn that he received a letter from the elders of the accused and according to that letter, the girl was converted to Islam by a spiritual leader.
The police had received a certificate of the conversion, Magsi said, adding that the now-married couple has filed an application in the Sindh High Court, seeking protection.
He said the court had fixed the application for hearing on 17 January.
According to the Dawn, Sindh Inspector General of Police, AD Khawaja, took note of the matter and directed the deputy inspector general Mirpurkhas to submit a report soon as possible about the steps the police has taken and has also asked for the details of the enquiry.
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