Pakistani Hindu girl abducted by cop, forced to convert
Intelligence sources here have said that Neena Kumari, daughter of Ramesh Lal of Halani Darbar in Sindh’s Naushahro Feroze district, was abducted by policeman Ghulam Maroof Qadri, who was deployed at a picket for the security of the area’s minority residents. A Hindu leader of Sindh, who didn’t wish to give his name, told TOI on Tuesday: “Neena went missing about five days ago. When she failed to return from school, the family searched for her and came to know about the kidnapping.”
The All-Pakistan Hindu Panchayat (APHP) says that cop Qadri converted Neena to Islam at a local ‘dargah’ on February 11 and renamed her Maria before marrying her in Karachi, 400 kilometres from her home. The marriage was made public on Tuesday.
The marriage certificate uploaded on the social media carries only the cop’s date of birth and mentions Neena’s age as 19, while her family claims that she’s a minor. A Hindu leader of Sindh said: “We can’t even trust the policemen deployed to protect us or ask our government for a picket near our temple after this incident. It’s another case in a series of abductions and forced conversions of Hindu minor girls of late, and this happened after the signing of a private agreement between the Hindus and Islamic clerics of Pakistan. The clerics who signed the deal are Pir Mohammad Ayub Jan Sarhandi of Samaro, Mian Abdul Haq ‘Mian Mitthu’ of Bharchundi Shareef Dargah, and Maulana Naoman Naeem of Jamia Binoria in Karachi, known for the forcible conversion of Hindu and Sikh girls. Pakistan Hindu Council patron-in-chief Ramesh Kumar Vankwani signed the document for his side. The agreement calls for taking consent of the minority girls and their parents before their conversion.