Religious minorities vulnerable in Pakistan: Pak Daily

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 27, 2019, 10.48 PM (IST)

A leading newspaper in Pakistan has reported that the "religious minorities in the country were more vulnerable than safe".

The report published on Wednesday, days after two minor Hindu sisters were allegedly abducted and were forced to embrace Islam and married said, "The state has a responsibility to preserve and protect the right to freedom of religion, guaranteed under Article 20 of our Constitution."

"But it is impossible to deny the fact that religious minorities are, in many ways, more vulnerable than safe in Pakistan," it said.

The editorial published in Dawn also added that the latest abduction was one of only a handful of the many claims of forced conversions in Sindh.

The daily also highlighted that the majority of new conversions in Sindh took place in socio-economically vulnerable Hindu families and most of the victims of the conversions were minor girls.

Two girls aged 13 and 15, were allegedly kidnapped from their home in Sindh's Ghotki district by a group of "influential" men on March 20, a day before Holi.

A video of a priest purportedly solemnising the marriage of the two girls went viral soon after, triggering nationwide outrage.

 

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The report was published on Wednesday, days after two minor Hindu sisters were allegedly abducted and were forced to embrace Islam and married.