‘Forced conversion’ case: Issue resolved after talks between Punjab govt, Sikh community – Pakistan

The issue of the alleged forced conversion of a 19-year-old girl from Sikhism to Islam has been "amicably resolved to the satisfaction of interested families" after negotiations between a high-level government delegation and a committee of 30 members of the Sikh community The governor of Punjab, Chaudhry Sarwar, announced Tuesday.

in a cheep From his official account, Sarwar thanked the families of Jagjit Kaur, the girl who was supposedly forced to convert, and the man accused of kidnapping her and converting her by force, for going to the Governor's House to resolve the matter.

"Great news for Pakistani and Sikh communities around the world. The Nankana girl issue was resolved amicably to the satisfaction of interested families. The girl is safe and in touch with her family. We will continue to guarantee the rights of minorities in Pakistan! "The governor tweeted.

In a video posted on Sarwar's Twitter account, the father of the man who allegedly forced Kaur to convert and marry him declared that "they will not approach any court for custody of the girl."

"If she wants to go with them (her family), we have no objections. They are her guardians," he said.

A representative of the girl's family and the Sikh community also thanked the government, Prime Minister Imran Khan and the governor of Punjab for intervening and resolving the matter.

Early in the day, the Indian Prime Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh led to twitter to affirm that the girl has returned with her family in Nankana Sahib. However, the claim has not yet been verified.

The matter came to light last week, when a first information report (FIR) was registered at the Nankana police station against six people accused of kidnapping and forcibly converting 19-year-old Kaur. The police had tracked the nominees to Lahore and arrested one of them, while three others had obtained bail prior to arrest. The remaining two were free.

After the FIR was filed, Sheikh Sultan contacted the police, who said he was Kaur's defender and told officials that she had embraced Islam and had married Mohammad Hassan of her own free will.

Kaur's lawyer also said he had filed a court petition in Lahore High Court on behalf of Kaur against his family and local police, accusing them of "illegal harassment." A statement from the girl was presented in writing in court, in which she also accused her family of "wanting to kill me."

Following Kaur's statements in court, the Sikh community had demanded that the police take her back to her parents' house, regardless of whether the conversion was forced or agreed.

The Nankana Sahib district police officer called the government's attention to the matter, who sent a memo to the Punjab police inspector general detailing the development of the case and urging "relevant neighborhoods" to intervene.

"[The Sikh community] is waving against the incident and videos of the girl's family [were] also viral in social networks and international media, "said the memo.

"It is requested that the interested neighborhoods can be kindly served so that the Sikh community can participate and pacify in a timely manner, since the community has announced that it will protest if its demand is not met."

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the girl was returned to her family. However, that development has not yet been confirmed. The story has been amended.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1503312/forced-conversion-case-issue-resolved-after-talks-between-punjab-govt-sikh-community


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