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Thursday, March 23, 2023

“Maulvi caught me by my hair and threatened to kill me if I didn’t accept Islam:” Pakistani Sikh girl

The Sikh girl who was abducted, forcefully converted to Islam and married in Pakistan’s Nankana Sahib, was released to her family after a huge international uproar, especially from Sikhs in Bharat and Akali Dal leaders like Manjinder Sirsa.

After her release, the girl has narrated a chilling tale of how she was abducted, beaten and forced to sign papers to convert to Islam and marry her Muslim abductor.

Here’s a translation of what the girl says in the video above –

  • They forced me to sit in a vehicle and took me to one Imran’s house.
  • When I tried to scream for help, they threatened to kill me.
  • At Imran’s house, I was beaten. They forced me to sign papers about conversion to Islam and for nikah.
  • When I refused, they all beat me – including a lawyer who was present there, and the maulvi. They also threatened to kill my brothers if I refused.
  • Maulvi (Muslim clergy) caught hold of my hair from behind, beat me and threatened that they would kill me if I did not accept Islam.
  • (breaking down)…they forced me to accept their demands.
  • I kept pleading them to send me back to my home, but they kept beating me.

The girl is a daughter of a Sikh granthi. It is heartening to see at least one girl escape from the clutches of Pakistani Islamic fundamentalists who routinely abduct Hindu, Sikh and Christian girls – it is estimated that ~ 1000 girls are abducted minority community girls are abducted each year in Pakistan.

Such cases are rife in Bangladesh and Bharat too, but in Pakistan there is a deep-rooted ecosystem of this conversion mafia consisting of maulvis, pirs (Sufi saints) at dargahs like Bharchundi Sharif, lawyers, police & politicians which operates openly, with support of all leading parties like PPP, PTI, PML etc.

It is possible that this Sikh girl managed to escape her abductor’s clutches – she was handed over to her parents after a mutual agreement was reached between the families of the boy and the girl in the house of the governor in Lahore – because the Pakistani government fears alienating the Sikh community at a time when they are trying to play the Khalistan card using the Kartarpur corridor.

But this incident shows how influential people speaking up and pursuing a case with doggedness, can help save lives of Dharmic minorities facing unimaginable persecution in countries like Pakistan & Bangladesh. Credit must go to Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Manjinder S Sirsa, who highlighted this case and did not let the matter die out even after the girl was returned to her family.

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