With the official estimate of 75 lakh Hindus forming the biggest minority community in Pakistan, another fresh case of news has emerged of a 16-year-old Hindu girl allegedly been abducted.
According to the FIR registered by the victim’s father, Gov Meghwar, in Pangrio Police Station on March 26, the incident occurred in Village Dhani Buksh Pitafi on the night between March 16 and 17.
The Sindh Minister for Minorities Affairs Hari Ram Kishori Lal has taken notice of a news item that went viral on social media regarding the alleged abduction of 16-year-old, who belongs to the Meghwar community, from Tando Bagho of district Badin. He has directed Badin SSP Sardar Hassan Niazi to register an FIR of the incident immediately and also take necessary steps to protect the girl’s family.
The minister also directed the Badin SSP to submit a detailed report of the incident.
The girl’s father stated that four persons broke into his house at around 3am, woke up his daughter and dragged her to a waiting vehicle outside and fled with her.
Meghwar asked the police to apprehend the suspects for he feared his daughter would either be killed or be forced to convert and then marry.
According to official estimates, majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province. According to reports, approximately 25 forced marriages take place every month only in Umerkot district in Sindh province.
Earlier this week, with the abduction and forced conversion of two minor girls in Pakistan, a war of words broke between India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s information minister Fawad Chaudhary over the reported abduction of the two girls.