PM Khan orders Sindh, Punjab govts to retrieve teenage Hindu girls allegedly forced to convert, marry
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday ordered the Sindh and Punjab governments work together to retrieve two teenage girls who were allegedly kidnapped, forced to convert from Hinduism to Islam before being married to Muslim men and reportedly have been moved to Rahim Yar Khan from Ghotki.
The father and brother of the girls in videos circulating on social media over the last two days said that the two sisters were abducted and forced into changing their religion from Hinduism to Islam. However, a separate video of the girls has also been making rounds, in which they said that they accepted Islam of their own free will.
Today, in a set of two tweets, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said that Prime Minister Khan has asked the Sindh and Punjab governments to investigate reports of the two girls being shifted to Rahim Yar Khan from Ghotki.
The prime minister further asked that the two girls be retrieved if they have indeed been moved to the city.
According to the tweet, the prime minister also directed the Sindh government to take concrete steps against such incidents [of abduction and forced conversions].
In his tweet, Chaudhry further said that Pakistan’s minorities represent the white part of Pakistan’s flag and that “we love all our colours and the protection of our flag is our responsibility.”
Separately, India’s Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she has asked the Indian high commissioner in Pakistan to give her a report on the matter.
Chaudhry, responding to Swaraj on twitter, said that this is Pakistan’s internal matter and he hopes the Indian government would “act with same diligence when it comes to rights of Indian minorities.”
Social media in an uproar over the case
Yesterday, after the case created much uproar on social media, Chaudhry had said the government has taken notice of reports of the alleged forced conversion and underage marriages of the two girls in Ghotki.
Chaudhry on Twitter said that the Human Rights Ministry had been “asked for an inquiry”