A policeman of Pakistan’s Sindh province is reported to have abducted a minor Hindu girl and converted her to Islam before marrying her. Intelligence sources said that policeman Ghulam Maroof Qadri, deployed at a picket for the security of the area’s minority residents, had kidnapped Neena Kumari, daughter of Ramesh Lal of Halani Darbar in Sindh’s Naushahro Feroze district.
A Hindu leader of Sindh said on the condition of anonymity on 16 February, “Neena went missing about five days ago. When she failed to return from school, the family searched for her and came to know about the kidnapping.”
The All-Pakistan Hindu Panchayat (APHP) says that Qadri converted Neena to Islam at a local dargah on 11 February and renamed her Maria before marrying her in Karachi, 400 km from her native place. The cop admitted to kidnapping, converting and marrying the girl on 16 February.
The marriage certificate uploaded on social media carries only the cop’s date of birth and mentions Neena’s age as 19 while her family claims that she is a minor. A Hindu leader of Sindh said, “We can’t even trust the policemen deployed to protect us or ask our government for a picket near our temple after this incident.”
This is another case in a series of abductions and forced conversions of Hindu minor girls of late. It happened after the signing of a private agreement between the Hindus and Islamic clerics of Pakistan.
The clerics who signed the deal are Pir Mohammad Ayub Jan Sarhandi of Samaro, Mian Abdul Haq ‘Mian Mitthu’ of Bharchundi Shareef Dargah, and Maulana Naoman Naeem of Jamia Binoria in Karachi, known for the forcible conversion of Hindu and Sikh girls. Pakistan Hindu Council patron-in-chief Ramesh Kumar Vankwani signed the document for his side. The agreement calls for taking consent of the minority girls and their parents before their conversion.