Despite serious concerns of the country’s minority community and criticism by human rights activists, two Hindu girls have been forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan within just two days.
Notorious Muslim cleric Mian Abdul Khaliq (aka Mian Mithoo or Mithu), who is believed to be close to the Pakistan Army, forcibly converted the Hindu girl, Ekta Kumari, to Islam.
Ekta Kumari, a resident of Sibi, Balochistan, is a teacher by profession. Sources said that Ekta, daughter of Anil Kumar was allegedly kidnapped by a local Muslim Yar Mohammd Bhtto who lives in Sibi.
Bhutto forced Ekta to travel to Dargah-e-Aliya Bharchundi Sharif in Dharaki in Ghotki district of Sindh province of Pakistan where she was converted to Islam by Mian Mithoo and christened her as ‘Ayesha’ and was married to Bhutto.
The other Hindu girl who was forced to embrace Islam is Dhani Kohlahi. While in the case of Dhani Kohlahi, she was abducted from Juma Bazar and was converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man. “Her whereabouts are not known so far to her parents and police has not even registered their FIR against the accused,” said sources.
Pakistan’s Hindu community is in shock and utter despair following back-to-back incidents of forced conversion of two Hindu girls in two days. The incidents have exposed the hefty claims of Imran Khan government of providing security and giving equal rights to the minority communities with that of the majority community of Muslims.
No action has been taken by the local police or the administration in both cases. In both cases, police had been dillydallying in even registering the FIR against the accused.
These sham marriages are actually just a means of sexual enslavement of the helpless Hindu minority girls, who are often abandoned, murdered or sold off into prostitution.
Mian Mithoo is the Pir (head) of the influential Bharchundi Dargah (Islamic Sufi shrine) in Ghotki district of Sindh province. The cleric, who leads a lavish lifestyle and always travels with armed escorts, has been a member of Pakistan’s national assembly (MNA) from 2008-2013 representing the ‘liberal’ PPP (Pakistan People’s Party).
Later, he joined hands with Imran Khan’s PTI. Mithoo has earlier claimed that he has personally overseen the conversion of 200 Hindu girls, who voluntarily came to him to ‘accept Islam’.
He first shot into notoriety in 2012 after the forced abduction and conversion of a young Hindu girl Rinkle Kumari – daughter of a local school teacher Nand Laal.
Meanwhile, Karachi based All Pakistan Hindu Panchayat has taken up the case of another Hindu woman Suneet Rathore who was kidnapped and forcibly converted into Islam.