Pak panel to probe Sikh girl’s conversion to Islam

Pak panel to probe Sikh girl’s conversion to Islam

Agency News

Islamabad, Aug 30: Pakistan Government on Friday constituted a high-level committee to probe alleged forced conversion of a 19-year-old Sikh girl to Islam.

The issue came to light when the family members posted a video on social media claimed that the girl--Jagjit Kaur-- was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. They have also sought Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s help.

Earlier, a 30-member committee by the Sikh community of Pakistan was formed to investigate the matter.

An FIR was filed on August 28 against six people for abduction and forced conversion.

The police have traced the suspects at Lahore and detained one of them. Three of the suspects obtained pre-arrest bail while two others still at large, Pakistan media reported.

However, the advocate, presenting the case stated that the girl had embraced Islam, was given the name Ayesha, and then contracted marriage with Mohammad Hassan — one of the main suspects — of her own free will.

The advocate had also filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court against her family and local police, accusing them of "illegal harassment".

The girl has submitted a written statement in the court, stating that she had converted to Islam and married Hassan of her own free will. She also accused her family of "wanting to kill her". She is currently housed in Lahore, as per the orders of a judge.

The Sikh community has demanded that the police bring her back to her parents' house irrespective of the conversion being forced or consensual. (UNI)