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    Forced Conversion of 2 Hindu Girls in Pakistan Creates Fresh Indo-Pak Furore

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    Two underage girls from the minority Hindu community were allegedly abducted from Pakistan's Sindh Province and married off after allegedly being forced to convert to Islam. The family of the girls is distraught.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): The incident, involving two Hindu Pakistani minor sisters being abducted and then married off after being forcibly converted to Islam, has been denounced by people from both sides of the India-Pakistan border.

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    As the Indian government has taken cognisance of the matter, the Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has sought a status report on the incident from the envoy in Islamabad.

    Pakistan-based activist M Jibran Nasir brought the plight of two minor sisters named Raveena and Reena to light via Twitter.

    Nasir further posted a video tweet of the girls' brother and local Hindu community protesting the abduction of the girls. The girls were allegedly kidnapped during the Holi festival on 21 March. The protestors alleged that the girls were forcefully converted to Islam.

    With the turn of events threatening to spiral out of control, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday ordered the Sindh and Punjab governments to recover the two teenage girls.

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    Pakistani media outlet The Dawn reported that a police report had been registered in the case where the ages of the girls are mentioned as 14 and 16. The report also read that the local police were dismissive about the case owing to ‘their conversion' into Islam. 
    Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian high commissioner in Pakistan to send a status report on the matter.

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    diplomatic exchange, Hindus, conversion, forced marriage, Hinduism, Muslims, Sushma Swaraj, Sindh Province, India, Pakistan
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