CJ asked to notice ‘forced conversion’

David says 1000 Christian and Hindu women forced to convert every year

MIRPUR – Pakistan United Christian Movement Chairman Albert David has appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani to take notice of the increased ‘forced’ conversion of non-Muslims in various parts of Pakistan.


David expressed deep concern over a report released by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace, saying that an estimated one thousand Christian and Hindu women were forced to convert and marry Muslim men every year in the country.


In a press statement issued here, the minority leader demanded that special measures should be taken to ensure that the motives behind a conversion were not marriage specific. All such cases should be investigated impartially, he said, adding where someone has willfully converted they should be allowed to practice their preferred religion.


However, if someone has been forced to convert and to marry, the perpetrators should be tried and sentenced according to the law, David said. He also stressed on the need for a specific ordinance to stop this illegal practice, and said that lawmakers from minorities should work for a law in this regard.

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