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Estimated 20 Hindus girls forced to convert to Islam every month

Estimated 20 Hindus girls forced to convert to Islam every month

Country: 
Pakistan
News Date: 
15/10/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Last week, in a shameful capitulation to religious fanatics, the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) rejected a proposed bill in the Sindh Assembly against forced conversions.

If there was ever an argument to be made that constitutional guarantees mean nothing until the people believe in their worth, it is this. Article 20 of the Constitution guarantees religious freedom, but what religious freedom means is currently what the fanatic believes it should mean.

So, it is in Sindh, which has lately seen a rise in forced conversions of members of religious minorities. For those who may be blissfully unaware of the extent of the problem, here are some numbers: according to Aurat Foundation, around 1,000 women and young girls from religious minorities in Pakistan are forced to convert to the religion of the majority [Islam] and marry their kidnappers every year. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan believes that more than 20 Hindu girls are kidnapped every month.