Inside Pakistan’s ‘Conversion Factory’ For Hindu Brides

Human Rights office in Pakistan is as useful as an umbrella in a cyclone. And UN still doesn't know why there India-Pakistan conflict.

Aug 16, 2021 - 16:01

RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal spoke to desperate Hindu families who say their daughters have been abducted and coerced into converting to Islam. They are married off to Muslim men, and ties with their families have been cut, with some saying they aren’t able to see their daughters without being guarded. Radio Mashaal’s journalist Daud Khattak visited Pakistan’s Sindh Province, where human rights activists say around 1,000 Hindu girls are forced to convert each year. He spent seven days on location and traveled 2,500 km, speaking to families, the authorities, and rights organizations. He also spoke to an influential cleric called Mian Mitha, who runs what his critics call a notorious “conversion factory.” Few feel empowered to challenge him. “Prove a single case of forced conversion against me and I am ready to accept any punishment.” A few cases have made it to court, but the ruling usually hinges on the young woman’s statement that she converted and married of her own free will. Rights activists admit coercion has been difficult to prove. Further reading: Watch in Pashto: * #pakistannews #hinduislam The go-to source for news in English from Afghanistan and Pakistan by RFE/RL journalists For more explainers, graphics and videos, visit:​ or follow us on: Facebook​ Twitter​ Instagram​ We report the news in 22 countries without a free press. Our journalists are a unique source of information from the front lines.


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