Pakistani Senate declares forced conversions as ‘un-Islamic’

Senator Gian Chand informed the committee that Hindu girls in Sindh are the victims of forced conversions and incidents of forced conversions in Sindh are alarming.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published: June 22, 2016 9:44:06 am

A Pakistani Senate committee on Tuesday declared the forced conversion of Hindu girls to Islam as ‘un-Islamic’ and appealed to the government to adopt a comprehensive mechanism for the protection of women belonging to minority communities.

“Forced conversion of girls to Islam is against the teachings of Islam and also a violation of law in the country,” said Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs’ Chairman Hafiz Hamdullah.

According to him, religion was a personal matter of every individual, and an individual cannot be converted by force, reports said.

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Leader of House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq also stated that compelling anyone to convert is against the teachings of Islam.

“We are already under observation from human rights organisations due to growing incidents of forced conversions,” Haq added.

Senator Gian Chand informed the committee that Hindu girls in Sindh are the victims of forced conversions and incidents of forced conversions in Sindh are alarming. Chand said that police and local administration do not help the victims or their families in cases of forced conversions.

“Police does not take action fearing the reaction of the Muslim community,” he added.

The standing committee appealed to the government to adopt a comprehensive mechanism for the protection of women belonging to minority communities. The committee also directed the federal and provincial governments to draft legislation which would curb the practice.

In 2015, a move to criminalise forced religious conversions and to prevent misuse of the blasphemy law was endorsed by the members of the Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights.

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