Minorities demand strict action against those involved in forced conversions, marriages

Zubair Qureshi

A number of rights activists working for the minorities have expressed their concerns on the rising wave of extremism and exploitation, particularly forced conversions and forced marriages.

While addressing a press conference and later in a peaceful protest outside the National Press Club, members of the Minorities Alliance Pakistan (MAP) drew the government’s attention towards rampant incidents of forced conversions and subsequent marriages of the Christian and the Hindu girls in the interior Sindh and the Punjab.

Chairman, MAP, Akmal Bhatti said the victim families are living in perpetual fear and there is no letup in such incidents. Abduction, rape, forced conversions and forced marriages of underage minority girls have become an order of the day and even the law-enforcing departments and authorities seem helpless before them, he said.

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