Sindh becomes the first province to call for legislation against the forced conversions of minorities’ girls. The purposed legislation prescribes minimum of three years of imprisonment for whoever facilitates, conducts or directs forced conversions of non-Muslim girls.
“Since the start of this years, until now at least 300 minorities’ girls and boys have been abducted and forced to convert to Islam since January 2016,” stated a representative from the Pakistan Hindu Council, which is non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating for rights of Hindu Pakistanis.
According to this official, there are no credible reports on such incidents from the government however; they are able to compile the data based on incidents reported by the community members. Inasmuch as 99% of the cases involving abduction of Hindu girls, the abductees were forced to convert. “Authorities do not even register such cases due to the absence of a law condemning forced conversion,” the official said.
In this regard, Sindh has emerged as the first province to call for legislation against forced conversions. Secretary of Sindh Assembly Ghulam Farooq Buriro, says that a year has been passed since the anti-forced conversions bill was moved in the house. The purposed bill is still under consideration by the standing committees for more than six months, he added.
MPA Nand Kumar Goklani who moved the bill said, “The bill is being considered by standing committees for law and minority affairs. It will be approved soon.”