Two Hindu sisters abducted, forcefully converted in Pakistan; India seeks details

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, March 25: The case is becoming important by each passing hour as India has sent vote verbal to the Pakistan Foreign Ministry and sought information regarding the news of abduction of two Hindu sisters, 13 and 15, their forceful conversion and then again their forceful marriage.The sisters were abducted on March 20 from their village Hafiz Salman in Ghotki district of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. This province has a majority of the country’s Hindu population.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought details from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad following reports of abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of two Pakistani Hindu girls in Sindh province. This also resulted in a spat over the twitter handles of EAM Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry."I have asked the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to send a report," the Minister wrote on Twitter.

To this Chaudhry responded insensitively by saying that said it was his country's internal issue.

Replying to Chaudhry's tweet, Sushma Swaraj asked him if giving data on abducted Hindu girls is making them nervous. She attributed the nervousness to a guilty conscience."Mr. Minister - I only asked for a report from Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about the kidnapping and forced conversion of two minor Hindu girls to Islam. This was enough to make you jittery. This only shows your guilty conscience," she said.

Reportedly the two sisters were abducted on the eve of Holi.India has also shared its concerns through an official note to Pakistan Foreign office sent on Saturday. Sources add, "India has said that suitable remedial action is taken by the Pakistan to protect and promote safety, security, and welfare of its own citizens, especially from the minority communities."The entire incident caught media attention after their father and brother said in videos that went viral on social media that the two were kidnapped and forced to embrace Islam.The minor girls, in a separate video are heard saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will. But it is anyone's guess that words are put in both minor girls' mouth and it is clearly visible in the controversial video.After being cornered Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into the incident. Fawad Chaudhry said that Imran Khan wanted concrete steps taken to prevent such incidents from happening again.The Hindu community in Pakistan staged protests seeking action against the kidnappers.Sources said that as per Pakistan media reports, two teenage girls Reena and Raveena were kidnapped, forced to convert from Hinduism to Islam before being married to Muslim men. Their father and brother said they have been abducted and forcefully converted on March 20, 2019. The fateful family is from village Hafiz Salman near the town of Daharki in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh.The abductions have been allegedly carried out by people from the Kohbar and Malik tribes. Separately, there have been Pakistan media reports of abduction and forced conversion of another minor Hindu girl, Shania from Mirpurkhas also in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh on March 20. Further details of the Mirpurkhas case are yet to surface, they said.

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