Press Conference on Forced Conversions of Hindu Girls to Islam

Supreme Court of Pakistan opened a long pending case against forced conversions of Hindus to Islam in Pakistan. The case was filed by pakistan Hindu Council in 2007. Supreme Court made this move after increase in the conversion cases in past six months. Three more names of the recent victims were included in this petition: Rinkle Kumari, Dr. Lata Kumari and Asha Kumari. For detailed story on these cases, see previous post here. In order to highlight some important aspects of the case, human rights activists held a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday April 17, 2012 in Islamabad Press Club. They issued a consensus statement on this eve, which can be seen below:

Addressing the Press Conference

Pakistan’s daughters, Rinkle, Lata and Asha await justice 

We, the citizens of Pakistan hereby express our strong concern over the treatment of Hindus in Pakistan at the hands of some miscreants in the name of Islam. We want to draw the attention of authorities to the cases of forced conversion of Hindu girls to Islam, generally and most recent cases of Rinkle Kumari, Dr. Lata and Asha specifically.

We urge the media to kindly highlight the sides of these stories hitherto unheard by the masses. It is worrisome that an influential feudal, Mian Abdul Haq aka Mian Mithu who abducted Rinkle Kumari, has been able to evade law while making all pillars of the state, including the fourth pillar i.e. media, look like a joke. His sons with hundreds of their men were seen in the premises of Civil Court Ghotki where Hindu community was refused entry, when Rinkle Kumari was presented there. Mian Mithu’s sons were organizing press conference in Karachi while Rinkle was still in Police custody. His men were reportedly dictating Rinkle the answers to the questions of reporters present in the press conference. Such mockery of state and media should not be allowed and be dealt with iron hand.

It made us extremely concerned when Rinkle Kumari was produced in the Supreme Court on March 26 and after recording her statement in-camera, she screamed in front of media that she wanted to go to her mother and that she was converted forcibly. We are astonished to know that Mian Mithu has been involved in buying and selling of Hindu girls, as has been reported in Sindhi language newspapers and as per information from the victims’ families. A girl Anita was abducted and married to a Muslim from whose home Mian Mithu’s nephew abducted her and sold her to another hand. She is reportedly living with her fourth buyer, reportedly at the behest of this Mian Mithu. Mian Mithu, as per the inhabitants of Deherki, Sindh, possesses hundreds of licensed and unlicensed weapons with impunity while having as many as 117 criminal cases against him.

It is a matter of great shame for the citizens of Pakistan that Mian Mithu is not alone in this business of human trade in the name of Islam. He is supported by many including one Deher family who is allegedly responsible for the abduction of Dr. Lata. Dr. Lata was abducted a month ago and was forcibly married to a Muslim. It is noteworthy that in such cases, the Hindu girls are married within hours of their abduction. The discrepancy can be seen in the affidavit Dr. Lata has submitted to the court, where she signed it as “Lata Kumari”, and not ‘Hafsa’ as she is being called by the Deher family who abducted her.

It further strengthens suspicions against Mian Mithu when Asha, another missing Hindu girl was presented to the court last week. In the premises of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Asha was seen in the custody of the sons of Mian Mithu. It is most disturbing that she went missing in March when FIR was lodged for her abduction. Since April 3 to date, Jaicobabad Police has been searching for her. On April 13, Jaicobabad Police contacted her family, told them that their daughter was kidnapped for ransom, asked them to collect ransom money. Suddenly she emerges from the custody of Mian Mithu and appears in the court with his sons. We are astonished that this horrific series of heinous crimes is being allowed by the state under broad day light.

We deem it pertinent to state here firmly that forcible conversion and human trade is absolutely repugnant to Islam. We are grateful to Muslim scholars and practitioners of Pakistan’s rich Sufi tradition, to stand up against forced conversions, especially the Council of Islamic Ideology and many Sufi Dargahs of Sindh and Punjab. It is thus strongly put forward that in the wake of forced conversions of these girls, it will not be unIslamic to send them back to their families if the honourable court decides so. We are concerned about the bad name this kind of instances are giving to Pakistan and to Islam internationally.

While we are grateful to the President of Pakistan for taking personal notice of the crime, and to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to open the long pending case of Hindus’ forced conversions, we demand from the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party to immediately suspend Mian Mithu’s membership of the party and disqualify him from Parliament membership. He should be arrested under Section 365(a) of PPC and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act. We pray to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to kindly:

  1. Call DIG Larkana Division to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and record his statement in-camera
  2. Call SSP Jaicobabad and initiate investigation why he started negotiations with Asha’s family for collection of ransom money, and on whose behest he was doing so.
  3. Initiate inquiry into the criminal cases against Mian Mithu, his sons Mian Aslma and Mian Rafique. We request to issue search order to recover his illegal weapons that he is keeping at his ‘dera’ in Deherki
  4. Ensure that the state of Pakistan provides foolproof security to the families of Asha, Dr. Lata and Rinkle Kumari and their counsels.
  5. Mian Mithu should be booked under Anti-Terrorist Act for terrorizing the honourable court and public in Ghotki and Mirpur Mathelo along side the families of victims
  6. Recover all the Hindu girls from the custody of Mian Mithu and his collaborators like the Deher family of Jaicobabad.

We also urge the Chief Justice to kindly let the families of these Sindhi girls to meet them before recording their statements.

Finally, we urge the parliament to kindly make Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s speech of 11th August 1947, an integral part of the Constitution. This and only this can save Pakistan from falling victim to communal, sectarian and ethnic hatred.

Pakistan, payendabad.

Signed:

  1. Marvi Sirmed, human rights activist / columnist, Islamabad
  2. Mehmal Sarfraz, Journalist, Lahore – Pakistan
  3. Mohammad Tahseen, Executive Director, SAP-Pakistan, Lahore
  4. Amar Lal, former Federal Minister & Chairman Minorities Commission
  5. Babu Mahesh, President Jaicobabad Panchayet
  6. Dr Ramesh
  7. Naseer Memon, human rights activist
  8. Faisal Gurchani, Human rights activist
  9. Riaz Chandio, Chairman Jiye Sindh Mahaz
  10. Rwail Sirmed, student
  11. Shumaila Kaukab, Insan Foundation
  12. Rafia Arshed, Uks
  13. Salim Malik, Bedari Islamabad
  14. Aqsa Khan, human rights activist, Islamabad
  15. Dr. Farzana Bari, Human rights activist, Islamabad
  16. Zubair Torwali, human rights activist / columnist
  17. Rabia Aslam, human rights activist
  18. Nusrat Zehra, human rights activist / Communication Specialist SPO
  19. Harris Khalique, poet and columnist
  20. Hasan Nasir, Awami Party Pakistan

The news item as appeared in Daily Dawn

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30 thoughts on “Press Conference on Forced Conversions of Hindu Girls to Islam

  1. Fail state pakistan says:

    The decision of the chielf justice of SC proves the lines of rinkle “Everyone in Pakistan is hand in glove” from uper level to lower level..pakistan is thorn on humanity

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    • Fail indian state says:

      Pakistan is no where close to being a thorn on humanity than india already is! If you check out the decisions of the case, and what those girls are actually saying, you would understand that they willingly converted to marry their husbands.
      When you make such ridiculous sweeping statements, it forces me to remind you that india is the hub of prostitution, female infanticide, poverty, 1/3 of population defecating in public, homeless people, ridiculously over populated… and I could go on.
      Pakistan is going through tough times, like many other nations have gone through in the past (lucky them they didn’t have india as a neighbor), and Pakistan will god-willing get out of this mess very soon.

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    • Shehnaz S says:

      How is it false propaganda? The girls are giving consent while still in the hands of Mian Mitho’s gang. Have you ever seen them say this in a talk show studio, where are no men of Mitho’s gang inside or outside the studio and complete police protection is given to them. In other countries, media would have investigated Mian Mitho but here we have little information about him. Why did the media not investigate 117 cases against this man? What kind of cases are these? Are they criminal or civil? If criminal, who accused him and of what? What kind of proof do the accusers have? None of this was investigated. Neither did the media investigate if Asha was with Mian Mitho (his sons brought her to court) for the 40 days she was missing? Was Asha really with friends as she claimed? The Pakistani has completely disgraced itself in this case. They have investigated nothing, relying simply on the words of frightened girls, who are still hostages of Mitho and his goons.

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    • Shehnaz S says:

      Why is it that most of the time, when a girl is converted, she completely loses touch with her family and friends? Why do these girls go ‘missing’? Why dont these girls visit their mother and father every once in a while like girls usually do? Why was Rinkle converted inside the shrine (women are not allowed inside the shrine) instead of in front of everyone? Mian Mitho’s excuse was that since she was Hindu who had converted, she was just like a saint, which is why they let her inside the shrine; but if that was the case, why was the only hindu given this privilege? Other hindu girls, whose abduction did not attract such publicity, were also converted but never inside the shrine. Despite so many allegations against Mian Mitho, why has there not been launched a judicial inquiry into this case? Why did the President not take action where his orders to recover the girl were ignored? If Mian Mitho is such a farishta, why so many court cases against him? If Mian Mitho is such a farishta and this “conversion” is real, why such a huge show of strength (thousands of his followers hounding the courts) and repeated threats by him against the President and the Supreme Court. why so many hindu girls who converted live on his dera? is he running a prostitution ring, as many have accused of him? Bina aag ke itna zyada dhuan nahi uthta, agar Pakistani betiyon ki salamati chahte hain, to inquiry karni padegi. Varna agle teen saalon mein ye haal hoga ke din dahaade upper middle-class Karachi/Lahore/Islamabad ke families se larkiyan agwa ki jaayengi aur unke bhi maa baap itne hi besahara honge jitne ki Rinkle, Asha aur Lata ke maa baap aaj hain.

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  2. Shankar says:

    I salute those wonderful Pakistanis, men and women, who have stood by their fellow Hindu citizens. When call them “daughters of Pakistan’ you bestow them honor and the covenant of the ‘rakhi’, and are obligated to protect it.
    Just a few lines from Tagore:
    ++++
    Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
    Where knowledge is free
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    By narrow domestic walls
    Where words come out from the depth of truth
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
    Where the mind is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening thought and action
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
    +++++

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  3. Raj says:

    It is high time that Hindus of Pakistan should unite and seek asylum with US/ Canada/ UK / India / Australia and Europe on the ground of relegious persecution. They should approch to Embassies and consulates of all these countries and put their application.Since they have not got any justice even from Supreme court so they can imagine their future in such society. Even they should be joined by other minorities group in this excersie. Liberals and seculars have no say and control on the affairs of Pakisatn. They should learn from the murder of Governor Salman Taseer and Christian leader even their assailants could not be punished for their crime.

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  4. SAJID HUSSAIN says:

    OPENLY AND HONESTLY ASK TO THE OUR CREATURE TO SHOW RIGHT PATH, WHO WE ARE? HOW WE SHOULD START LEARNING QURAN , THEN YOU WILL SEE HOW YOU FEEL LIGHT FREE OF ALL SINS, RELAX, FULL OF PEACE.

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  5. Fuggy. says:

    What you said on Orya Maqbool, you have every right to express your opinion but be ready to face it yourself one day. cheers.

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  6. Rathore says:

    All the three ladies,are adult,free and educated.They have given their free will to live with their muslim husbands.We should respect their free will.

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  7. sameer says:

    You are a simply RAW WHORE … you are cunning in using the vocabulary which creates a situation of panic and disaster. When nothing could be seen by eyes, you decieve people by your words.

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  8. Indian questioner says:

    It is due to Islamic teaching which allows its follower to rape non-Muslim female captives

    Qur’an (4:24) – “And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.”

    Qur’an (23:5-6) – “..who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess…”

    Qur’an (33:50) – “O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee” .

    Qur’an (33:52) – “Not lawful to you, [O Muhammad], are [any additional] women after [this], nor [is it] for you to exchange them for [other] wives, even if their beauty were to please you, except what your right hand possesses. And ever is Allah , over all things, an Observer.”

    Qur’an (70:29-30). “And those who guard their private parts. Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they are not to be blamed -“

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  9. vyag choudhary says:

    how could someone act so cruelly with girls……. Either that guys is born out of sky or he is an alien
    ISLAM indeed needs reformers….
    …….i have not read quran …and as i dont know arabic so i’ll not read it….as the result of urdu and english version of quran is clearly depicted in world
    God help those girls
    Prayers from a human , then an indian and then a hindu

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  10. Rajeev says:

    Marvi Behen, I have no words but to bow before your courage. Here is the verse from an ancient poet named King Brithari of united India, which may fit your stature ” Worldly wise may condemn or praise , whether the death comes at this very moment or after ages, but virtuous people like you never leave the path of truthfulness”.

    God bless you, and may the almighty enlighten humanity in the minds of those savages in Pakistan who are indulged in such heinous crimes

    Thank you

    Rajeev Kumar (Canada)

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  11. prashant says:

    if islam is about raping,abducting girl and converting their religion than fuck with your islam..we hindu can also do this in India with muslim girls but we are humans we believe in humanity.

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  12. kaleemulla mohamedali says:

    Faith is embeded in heart and mind. Flowers, fire, words are oral and physical presumtions. In Hinduism no one can be converted to high caste BRAHMIN, they are converted as low cast SHUDRAS AS per MANUSMRITI:

    The tongue of Shudra who spoke evil about Brahmin should be cut off (Apastamba Dharma Sutra II/10-26.
    Those who are with stinking conduct they will enter a stinking womb, either the womb of a dog or the womb of a swine or womb of Shudra (Chandogya Upanishad 5-10-7)
    Shudras must be prohibited from hearing, studying Vedas (Brahma Sutras 1.3.9.38)
    More on google Why Dr.Ambedkar burnt Manusmriti.

    Due to Brahmins discrimination of Shudra Hindus converted from, 850Bc to Jainism, from 500Bc to Budhism. Budhism was born in India but stamped out of India by Brahmins. Due to this discrimination Hinduism was confined to India only. In Asia from SriLanka to Japan there are more Budhists than Hindus.

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