Police deliberately does not take action under fear of the reaction of Muslim community.
The Senate committee of Pakistan has on Tuesday declared that it is ‘un-Islamic’ to forcefully convert Hindu girls to Islam.
Senate has appealed to the Government to ensure protection of women belonging to minority communities by adopting a comprehensive mechanism for the same.
“Neither Islam nor the teachings of Islam support forced conversion of girls and it is also a violation of laws promulgated in Pakistan,” said Hafiz Hamdullah Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs.
According to Senate, an individual cannot be converted by force and religion was a personal matter of every individual.
Raja Zafarul Haq, Leader of House in the Senate also said that it is against the teachings of Islam to compel anyone to convert.
Pakistan is already being criticized by human rights organisations on account of growing incidents of forced conversions,” Haq added.
Another Senator Gian Chand apprised the committee that in Sindh Hindu girls are being victimized with forced conversions and situation there is quite alarming. Chand also said that neither police nor the local administration provide any help to the victims or their families in such cases.
“Police deliberately does not take action under fear of the reaction of Muslim community,” he added.
The standing committee has appealed to the Pakistan Government to urgently adopt a comprehensive mechanism for the protection of women belonging to minority communities of the Nation.
Directions were also issued by the committee to the federal as well as provincial Governments to draft legislation to curb this practice.
Earlier in 2015, the members of the Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights had made a endorsement and suggestion to criminalise forced religious conversions and to prevent the rampant misuse of the blasphemy law. IE
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