Sikh girl’s conversion: Families reach compromise, girl to return home soon, says Pak Punjab Governor Mohammad Sarwar

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New Delhi | Updated: Sep 03, 2019 7:20 PM

Amid a huge uproar over the forceful conversion of Sikh girl in Pakistan, Governor of Punjab province Mohammad Sarwar on Tuesday claimed that the families of the Sikh girl and the Muslim boy have agreed on common terms and the girl would return home soon.

Sikh girl, compromise, Pakistan, Punjab province, Mohammad Sarwar, forcible conversion,Imran Khan,Pakistan,Jagjit KaurMembers of Sikh community display a placard during a protest against alleged forceful conversion of minorities in Pakistan, near Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi (PTI Photo)

Amid a huge uproar over the forceful conversion of Sikh girl in Pakistan, Governor of Punjab province Mohammad Sarwar on Tuesday claimed that the families of the Sikh girl and the Muslim boy have agreed on common terms and the girl would return home soon.

“Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province Mohammad Sarwar announces that families of the Sikh girl and the Muslim boy have reached a compromise, girl to return home,” news agency ANI reported.

In a recorded video message, the Punjab Governor said that both the families sat together and reached a compromise. He admitted the incident had angered the Sikh community worldwide and invited widespread protests.

Kaur, a teenage girl was abducted and subsequently converted to Islam at gunpoint before being forced to marry a Muslim man. A video of the girl at the wedding ceremony has also gone viral. In the video, the girl can be seen sitting beside the Muslim man, Mohammad Hassan. He claimed that the girl married him without any pressure.

The incident triggered widespread protests in Pakistan as well as in India. The Sikh community in Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev, also held protests against the incident in Pakistan.

Earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met Home Minister Amit Shah and raised the issue of forceful conversion and marriage of Sikh girl in Pakistan. He said that the neighbouring country should protect the rights of the minorities.

Meanwhile, union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to take up the issue of targeting of minorities in Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Badal wrote to Jaishankar, saying the manner in which the population of Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan has reduced from 2.5 lakh at the time of the partition to a mere 7,000 now was in itself a proof of persecution of minorities.

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