Last Updated: June 09, 2023, 20:24 IST
From January 1 to June 6 this year, Pakistan has seen seven killings, 38 kidnappings and forced conversions of the Hindu minority community, according to a survey by an organisation based in the country.
Here’s the list of the cases:
- January: Sixteen cases of kidnapping and forced conversions were reported, with one killing.
- February: Four people were killed, including three Hindu women, while four were kidnapped and converted forcibly.
- March: Two women were killed and four cases of forced conversions were reported.
- April: Six cases of kidnapping and forced conversions were filed at various police stations.
- May: Seven cases of domestic violence, kidnappings and forced conversions have been reported.
- June: Two cases of kidnapping have been reported so far, but no action has been taken by authorities.
In killings, peeled-off skin and mutilated bodies have been reported, while women are raped and forced to convert, says the survey, alleging human rights groups and activists have been threatened not to report the cases.
According to members of the Hindu community who were surveyed, the Pakistan government is not protecting the minorities and local mullahs are harassing them on a regular basis.
Due to current political tensions and non-functional Parliament, the authorities are not bothered to listen to the minority voices in Pakistan.
Forbes reported that human rights organizations estimate that every year, 1,000 girls are forcibly converted to Islam. This estimate could be even higher as many cases remain unreported.
The 2020 US media report also estimates the number of forcibly converted girls to be around 1,000 per year.
But on ground, local media and non-government organisations claim the figure is more and many cases are not reported due to the influence of local mullahs.