Forced conversions of Christian girls in Pakistan make a mockery of its constitution. By Cynthia Sohail
|In a famous speech on August 11 1947, Pakistan’s founding father and first governor general, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, addressed that the new country was being built on the idea of religious tolerance.
But 70 years later, a trend of forced conversions in the country is making a mockery of the constitution of Pakistan, which offers equal rights to all religious minorities.
Last seen a video on Facebook in which a young Boy and Girl were leaving the court premises. The Girl's family was endeavoring to quit dragging her, yet the Girl was going ahead with sharp strides. The court enabled her to remain with her with her husband. The family demanded that the girl's age was only 14 years and she was not in the period of marriage at this moment under Pakistan laws. Be that as it may, the judge enables them to wed.
Unfortunately, the girl belongs to Christian family of Lahore; her family is much known in area and active in Church activities. Research uncovered that this incident was displayed a year ago. As per the Marriage Act, 1929 of Pakistan no boy or girl could marry at eighteen years old without parents' consent, while guardians concurred on the off chance that, this age must be no less than sixteen years of age.
As indicated by a report from the Women's Foundation, printed in 2015, just about 1,000 girls are admitted to Islam consistently in Pakistan. As per the National Commission claims, seven hundreds of them are Christians while whatever remains of them have a place with Hindu religion.
There is a demonstration of 1929 in such manner; the Christian Act of 1872 likewise exists. In any case, this issue is not of the law or the courts.
Observing the other case as indicated by the sources On October 10, 2016 Sidra Javed, 19 got a message on mom's cell phone." It was Muhammad Atif, the landlord’s son, who had been messaging Sidra – on the phone her mother left behind in case of an emergency – and threatening her for two weeks.
Sidra slipped out of the door of her quarters in Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh, and saw Atif in the darkening dusk. With a gun to her head, Sidra sat behind him on his motorbike, and was driven to a house on the outskirts of Lahore in which she was sexually assaulted. At that point she was taken to a law office,followed by signing a nikah nama or Islamic marriage certificate. "The lawyer, Maulvi Sahab, and others there did not request my introduction to the world testament or ID card. I revealed to them I'm Christian, the girl of a minister, and I wouldn't have any desire to change over — the four or five men there were incensed to hear that, and When they asked me to recite the First Kalima, I did," Sidra says. Sidra could escape following two months of marriage.
Ayra Indreas, who teaches Women's Studies at Kinnaird College in Lahore, says, “Last year, there was a case where a Christian girl, her new Muslim husband and a lot of influential Muslim men, big cars and Kalashnikovs in tow, came to the court. And the Christian girl’s family was fearful, poor, few in number, standing on the other side of the room. I know the judge was under a lot of pressure.” Men like to witness the success of a conversion and marriage, often perceived as a religious victory.
In Pakistan, madrassas have played a key role in forced conversion and in Sindh some madrassas have become infamous for facilitating such conversions, where a forced conversion and marriage is contracted. Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, member from the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), says a forced conversion is not permissible in Islam. Yet, he says, “If someone comes to me, and wants to be a Muslim, I’ll look at the background but I won’t turn her away.” Not even if she’s a minor.
In fact that the Punjab government, specifically, has Darul Aman ladies' safe houses where a Christian young lady may live amid the traverse of a trial, commonly it will bring about more pressure on young girls.
Muddying the waters additionally is the subject of what happens if and when the Christian lady who is persuasively changed over and hitched happens to as of now be hitched to a Christian man under the Christian Marriage Act. In Pakistan, isolate individual laws, including marriage laws, are set up for Muslims and non-Muslims. Consider the possibility that a Christian girl needs to marry a Muslim. On the off chance that she's as of now wedded under the Christian Marriage Act, she is not permitted to re-wed any other person.
Even if she is unmarried, the Christian Marriage Act will in any case apply in an interfaith marriage. How does a Muslim man who needs to constrain a Christian lady to wed him go around this without breaking the law? It's as basic as forcing her to change over to Islam, after which a marriage contracted under personal laws for non-Muslims will be superseded by a nikah nama.
Courts in Pakistan do precisely the same as in any nation in which there is no law implementation framework. The above mentioned incident is in front of you. The law was given to the judges, but the judge heard only his heart. Perhaps this is because of the judge's own discipline.
Actually our attention should be on our own community. What is the society doing in this regard? Those judges who judge with such offense are also related to the same society. What's more, the Jagirdars who wed Hindus and constrained them to receive Islam, they are additionally the creation of this general public.And all powerful people who kidnap women's honor, abduct them, and make low-cost girls Muslim, they live around us. And that which makes a false certificate of acceptance of Islam and the registrar who enrolls the marriage, and sitting on both sides, those who sign this marriage as a witness, they do not come from any other planet.
What's more, the individuals who call themselves journalists yet don't report such news reports, or the columnists who stop such news or fear getting representatives under the control of the individuals who dread such thing.
Pakistani politicians who have attempted to combat forced conversions have been unsuccessful. In November 2016, the Sindh provincial government passed a bill against forced religious conversion. The bill recommends a five-year punishment for perpetrators, three years for facilitators of forceful religious conversions, and also it makes it a punishable offence to forcibly convert a minor.
But after an outcry by some forceful Muslim religious groups who declared the bill un-Islamic and demanded its withdrawal.