After India highlighted the deplorable case of two Hindu sisters who were abducted and forcible converted to Islam and married to Muslim men in Pakistan’s Sindh, seven people including a man have been detained in Pakistan in this connection.
On the eve of Holi, the two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was shown soleminising the Nikah of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage.
It all began when the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj highlighted the plight of the two girls on social media. This resulted in heated exchange with the Pakistan’s I&B minister Fawad Chaudhary. The Indian side also sent an official note to Pakistan’s office demanding remedial action to protect minorties in the country.
Following this demand from Indian side, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into the incident after the two separate videos started doing rounds on social media.
Dawn reported that several raids were conducted on Sunday night in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district where the girls were taken from Ghotki and arrested the Nikah Khwan who solemnised their marriages, a leader of the Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, and some relatives of the two men who had married the two girls.
The detained suspects were handed over to Sindh police, it added.
Superintendent of Police Farrukh Lanjhar, who paid a visit to the girls’ father Sunday night, said that action was being taken on all available information to recover the girls.
According to Geo TV, the girls have approached a court in Bahawalpur in Punjab province seeking protection.
Reminding Prime Minister Imran Khan of his promises to safeguard the dignity of the minorities in the country, the Hindu community in Pakistan carried out massive demonstrations calling for strict action to be taken against those responsible
Last year, Khan during his election campaign had said his party’s agenda was to uplift the various religious groups across Pakistan and said they would take effective measures to prevent forced marriages of Hindu girls.
What has happened to the two Hindu girls is a common feature in Pakistan. The Hindu and Sikh girls are frequently abducted and married to Muslim men with the Pak officials looking the other way without taking any action.