STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST HINDUS OF PAKISTAN

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INTRODUCTION

GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN, HEAR OUR PLEA!!

STOP THE KIDNAPPINGS... RAPE... FORCED MARRIAGES... AND FORCED CONVERSIONS OF HINDU (AND CHRISTIAN) WOMEN IN PAKISTAN...

...girls as young as 12-years have been kidnapped and forcibly converted....

THE CRISIS FACING HINDU WOMEN IN PAKISTAN AND PURPOSE OF THE REPORT

The Hindus of Pakistan, 95% of who live in the southern province of Sindh, are facing a threat to their existence on their very own native soil. It is estimated that anywhere between 300 to 700 Hindu women are abducted and forcibly converted to Islam every year. The women are thereafter either forcibly married or turned over to brothels. It is fair to assume the women are raped during captivity. Many of these girls are way below the minimum legal age for marriage in Pakistan, which is 18.

What turns the situation distressingly dangerous is that the police and courts are not empathetic or compassionate to the female victims and their families. Till today, there has not even been a single court ruling where an abductor has been charged with kidnapping or forcibly holding a girl in captivity or trying to convert a woman to Islam against her wishes.

In many instances, the court has even allowed the abductor to continue "holding" his victim while the proceedings and hearings continue, which can stretch to months or even years. In almost all cases, the judgement has been passed in the abductor's favour.

It is distressing that the Pakistani judiciary conducts itself in such manner even though the country inherited a legal system based on the British model.

The purpose of this Report is to provide you with an insight of the severe injustice being inflicted on Hindu women in Pakistan and the discrimination the Hindu community as a whole has had to endure.

It also needs to be mentioned here that Pakistan's Christian minority too is afflicted with the problem of kidnappings and forced conversions. Most of Pakistan's Christians live in the Punjab Province. This Report, however, focuses on Pakistan's Hindus, who live mainly in Sindh.

This Report has also provided a list of suggestions and ideas the overseas Sindhi and Hindu communities as well as other well-wishers can implement, to help reduce the violence and injustice being inflicted on Sindh's Hindu population.

The author of this Report visited Sindh during February and March of 2015 to interview women who had been abducted or harassed. The information is correct as at 6 March, 2015.

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