Jagjit Kaur, the Sikh girl who was kidnapped from her home, converted to Islam and married to a Muslim boy, has still not returned home, despite the guarantee given by Pakistan’s Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar.
Jagjit Kaur is the daughter of a granthi at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan.
A few weeks ago a video of a meeting between the family of the Muhammad Hassan, the Muslim boy who married Jagjit Kaur, and the Sikh community at the Governor House Punjab was issued by the government. In the video, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar was seen assuring that an agreement had been reached on the matter and Jagjit Kaur would return home to her family within days. But her family’s wait continues as Jagjit Kaur has not come home.
India Today TV has learned that Jagjit Kaur is still in Darul Aman women shelter home in Lahore as her husband Hassan has refused to annul their marriage.
Muhammad Hassan has also refused to withdraw a case he filed in Lahore High Court, claiming that he had married Jagjit Kaur aka Ayesha without any pressure and on free will. In his plea to the court, Hassan has sought security from Jagjit Kaur’s family.
The petition filed in the court also has a statement of Jagjit Kaur, stating that she has married Hassan and converted to Islam on her own free will.
Jagjit Kaur cannot go back home until legal documentation is fulfilled, which includes a statement from Hassan, which Hassan has refused to provide.
Jagjit Kaur case
Jagjit Kaur, daughter of a Sikh granthi, was kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of men and a woman in Nankana Sahib area near Lahore.
The family filed a report of the kidnapping in the local police station. However, a day after the kidnapping, a video appeared, showing the marriage (nikah) of Jagjit Kaur to a Muslim boy Muhammad Hassan, who was seen stating that she has converted to Islam and changed her name to Ayesha.
She also was seen saying that she has done this on her own free will.
Jagjit Kaur also filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, asking the court to ensure the security of her and her husband from her family, who she claimed are threatening to kill both.
Jagjit Kaur stated before the magistrate that she had converted to Islam and got married to Muhammad Hassan on August 28 on her own free will, terming the First Information Report (FIR) lodged by her brother as “frivolous and baseless”.
The girl also stated that she intends to stay with her Muslim husband and no go back to her family.
The Sikh community along with the family of Jagjit Kaur protested and approached the Punjab government to ensure her return and void any action taken, including her conversion and marriage to a Muslim man.
Authorities took Jagjit Kaur from her husband’s house and shifted her to Darul Aman in Lahore.
While on one side, police authorities arrested at least eight suspected culprits behind Jagjit Kaur’s kidnapping; Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar took up the matter and engaged with the Sikh community and Hassan’s family.
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar also formed an inquiry committee to probe into the matter.
After some days, a video appeared in which Governor Sarwar was seen standing with the Sikh community and Hassan’s family, stating that an agreement has been reached, assuring that the Sikh girl will be sent back to her family and that her conversion and marriage will be voided.
However, to date, Jagjit Kaur has not returned home because Hassan has refused to take back his decision to marry her. Hassan has maintained that Jagjit Kaur aka Ayesha converted to Islam and married him on her own will.
Sources told India Today TV that Jagjit Kaur aka Ayesha has also refused to leave Hassan and return to her family.
The Lahore High Court needs Hassan’s and Jagjit Kaur’s statement in order to proceed with directing authorities to send Kaur back to her family and nullify her conversion and later her marriage.
Jagjit Kaur cannot be sent back until legal documentation is completed, a procedure she and her husband Hassan have refused to comply with.