Hindu family in Pakistan alleges minor forcibly converted and married to Muslim man

While the girl's family claims Ravita, now Gulnaz, is 16, the marriage registrar has not written her exact age on the marriage certificate.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2017 8:58 pm
hindu girl, hindu girl forcibly married, pakistan conversions, pakistan hindus, pakistan news, indian express news Ravita Meghwadh reportedly converted to Islam on June 6 and married Syed Nawaz Ali Shah on the same day in Umerkot, Shah and his family claimed. (Source: Google Maps)

The family of a minor Hindu girl in Pakistan’s Tharparkar district has claimed that their daughter was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man. However, the girl and her husband have denied the claims saying the marriage and conversion were consensual. The duo has also filed a petition in Sindh High Court seeking protection, reported The Express Tribune.

Ravita Meghwadh reportedly converted to Islam on June 6 and married Syed Nawaz Ali Shah on the same day in Umerkot, Shah and his family claimed. However, Ravita’s family has accused Shah of kidnapping her. “She was abducted from her house and forcibly married to a man twice her age,” alleged her father Satio Meghwadh. The family also lodged an FIR under Section 365-B of Pakistan Penal Code at Nano Dandal police station this week. The allegations are levied against the husband and three others.

While the girl’s family claims Ravita — now Gulnaz — is 16, the marriage registrar has not written her exact age on the marriage certificate. The document lists her age as “approximately 18” and also does not include her national identity card number, reported The Express Tribune.

The family has also claimed the kidnapping was done to force the Meghwadh family to leave the village. “Our family has four houses in the village. Some men from Syed and Junejo communities, who dominate the village population, kidnapped her and asked us to leave the village through some intermediaries,” Ravita’s brother-in-law claimed.

Accusing the girl’s family of issuing threats, Shah and his wife reportedly told the local media in Kunri, Umerkot that their marriage was consensual. In April 2014, Sindh Assembly had passed Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act, 2013 which restricts registration of marriages of people below 18 years of age.

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    Rajat
    Jun 17, 2017 at 3:39 am
    Mohamed's islam is a crime against humanity. No one kills more Muslims than other Muslims.
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      Rajat
      Jun 17, 2017 at 3:39 am
      Muslim players in CT 2017 thank Allah and Mohamed after wins (but not after losses). It is insulting to Brits who have been killed by Muslims saying this is for Mohamed and Allah recently.
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        NRI
        Jun 17, 2017 at 3:15 am
        Human rights in Evil Pakistan? no way the Evil Pakistan started disintegrating already of their own trained evil terrorist forces and by their own sins. Their own Karma started punishing them, the things go around will come around, there you go we just watch.
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          kris kumar
          Jun 17, 2017 at 12:56 am
          Porkistan is the worst country for any Hindu or Christian family. Where as these pseudo secular in India talk about intolerance in India and freedom of speech. kute Porkis and pseudo secular.
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            Veer
            Jun 17, 2017 at 12:46 am
            What is new about it, India deceived Hindus there and they have to live the life of faceless des utes. It is only in India that Muslims rule. That much for Gandhism
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              indian man
              Jun 17, 2017 at 12:04 am
              There are many Islamic organizations around the world who protects Muslim rights and culture. But there is not any Hindu organization ,who will raise voice for protection of Hindu around the world. That is why Islam is more powerful and Muslim can do whatever they want.
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                IslamForFoools
                Jun 17, 2017 at 12:03 am
                We shud target UN for this, they keep selective silence when non Muslims are slaughtered reped or forcefully converted. We shud target UN
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                  IslamForFoools
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 12:02 am
                  This is real face of Islam. They take disadvantage of every thing under the sun to destroy everything. Islam is real cancer which democratic societies not understanding. All these Bollywood khans and kapporrs keep selective silence when Hindus are targeted but will speak of fake intolerance created by Muslim propaganda. Wake up Hindus, make India Hindu again.
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