External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian envoy in Islamabad for a report on an incident of apparent abduction of two girls belonging to the minority Hindu community in Pakistan’s Sindh province.
In a social media message on Sunday, the minister said, “I have asked the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to send a report on this.” The incident first was splashed in the social media of Pakistan which showed a grieving father protesting in a police station at Dharki town of Ghotki district in Sindh asking for the release of his two daughters taken away by goons during the Holi.
According to available reports two sisters Raveena (13) and Rina (15) were abducted and forced to undergo religious conversion. Pakistan Hindu Sewa Welfare Trust alleged that police initially refused to lodge an FIR in the case and did so after the local Hindus came out in protest.
Pakistan has recently passed a Hindu marriage law which allows greater citizenship rights to the minority community. However, incidents of forced conversion and violence against minority Hindus and Christians continued uninterrupted despite assurance from PM Imran Khan who recently assured the Hindu community of his country of equal rights.
USCIRF has declared Pakistan to be a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for growing number of violence against religious and sectarian minorities.