Karachi: April 6, 2019. (PCP) Rwadari Tehreek RT held a Press Conference on April 6, 2019 at Press Club Karachi to condemn the frequent incidents of kidnapping, forced conversions and forced marriages of women and girls belonging to Hindu, Christian and other minority communities and demanded to enact law and proper and transparent mechanism for religious conversions and to stop forced conversions and to apprehend the elements involved in the forced conversions.
The Press Conference was addressed by Chairman Rwadari Tehreek Mr. Samson Salamat, Vice Chairman Deedar Meerani, President Sindh Punhal Sario, Presdient Karachi Nabeela Aslam and social activist Safina Javed, Mukesh Meghwar, Bishop Ghulfam Javed and Pandit Vijay Goswami,
Addressing the Press conference Mr. Samson Salamat, Chairman Rwadari Tehreek strongly condemned the forced conversions and the underage marriages of Hindu and Christian Girls and expressed solidarity with their families who are wandering here and there for justice and demanded that those involved in organized business of forced conversions such as Mian Mithu, the Peer of Barchundi Sharif at District Ghotki and Pir Ayub Jan Sarhandi of Sarhandi Shrine at district Umerkot- Sindh for their immediate arrest.
Mr. Samson Salamat said that “this horrifying trend of forced conversions has left the citizens belonging to minority communities into misery, pain and a situation of terror and insecurity” which is breech of International Human Rights Standards and Norms and the Constitution of Pakistan, which guarantees religious freedom as a right to every human being without any discrimination”.
Mr. Samson Salamat demanded that “effective and comprehensive legislation should be passed immediately to curb forced conversion and underage marriages. Mr. Samson Salamat suggested to limit the minimum age for conversion to 18 years and to evolve a proper and transparent system and mechanism for conversion to other religion which will help to stop forced conversions”.
Deedar Ahmed Mirani, Vice Chairman of Rwadari Tehreek and renowned human rights activist said that “conversions to Islam in suspicious conditions is a matter of grave concern and is rightfully sparking fear and anger among the minority communities who are already victim of religious discrimination and persecution through many other ways. Forcibly converting anyone is a criminal offence and therefore those involved in the forced conversion should no more be free and should be put behind the bars”.
Mr. Punhal Sario, President Rwadari Tehreek Sindh urged to speed up the process of legislation to stop forced conversions along with an effective implementation mechanism. Mr. Punhal Sario also requested civil society to launch awareness campaigns to discourage forced conversions and under age marriages.
Mangla Sharma (MPA Sindh), Suleman Latif (Senior Leader PTI), Mustafa Mirani (General Secretary Rwadari Tehreek Sindh), Seema Sheikh (Finance Secretary Rwadari Tehreek Sindh), Mansoor Sahir (Vice President Rwadari Tehreek Karachi), Zahid Farooq (Provincial Member Rwadari Tehreek Sindh), Kashif Jawaid (NCJP), Safina Jawaid (PDO), Anwar Kamal (HRCP), Humayoon Waqas, Nauman Morris (PML-N), Anil Yaqoob (PYC), Randil Pervez (Secretary Youth PTI), Zeeshan Gill (President East PTI) also participated in this occasion.