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Pakistan: Minor Hindu girl kidnapped, converted, married off to abductor

In yet another incident of abduction and forcible conversion of a Hindu girl in Pakistan, a minor girl belonging to the minority community was kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam. She was later married off to the abductor. 

The girl, believed be 13, was kidnapped by a man of Bahalkani tribe. She was forcibly converted to Islam by Barelvi cleric Mian Mithoo.

South Asia Media Research Institute said that the girl was married off to her abductor after the conversion. The incident took place in the Tangwani Taluka of Kashmore district in Sindh province, a report in Pakistan Today said.

The institute shared the video of the conversion which has now gone viral on the internet.

The minor girl was kidnapped by five men from her home on 8 March. Her father’s claim, at least five armed men had barged into their residence and dragged the girl to a vehicle and escaped. 

However, the teenager reportedly appeared before a court on 9 March and claimed that she was over 18 years old.

After her statement, she was shifted from Kashmore to Ghotki as she alleged that she had married against the wishes of her parents. She has sought protection from the court.

Despite her claim, the police have filed a case under the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act which makes a marriage between an adult and a minor punishable by upto three years of imprisonment

A medical examination is likely to be ordered to determine her real age.

Reports say that the local police have filed an FIR in connection with the case. The girl reportedly appeared before a court and admitted that she is not a minor and her real age is over 18 years. The girl also alleged that she married against her parents’ wishes.

Meanwhile, reports claim that the police has lodged the case under the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act.

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