Angry Parents Protest Against Forced Women Conversion

On the 28th of May a handful of people gathered on Great Malborough street in Soho, London to show their dissatisfaction with the court decision regarding the case of Rinkle Kumari, Lata and Asha.

As The Hindu writes,

“The three young Hindu women who were allegedly kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married off to Muslim men chose to live with their husbands instead of their families after the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday allowed them to choose their future.

Though the three women — Rinkle Kumari, Lata and Asha — were allowed to choose according to their free will by the court, their relatives and civil rights activists alleged that injustice had been done to them as they chose to go with the men they were married to out of coercion.” [Source]

The headlines of the posters were screaming “Stop forced conversion of Hindus&Christian girls in Pakistan“, “Mr. Justice Chaudhry, cries of Rinkle Kumari will hunt you for the rest of your life…” and “Mr. Justice Chaudhry, what would have been your decision if it was your daughter instead of Rinkle Kumari?

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is a Chief Justice in Pakistan, who was leading Rinkle Kumari’s case and made verdict to allow the victims to chose their own fate.

Although the original aim of Monday’s gathering was obviously to attract public attention, the protests hardly achieved any substantial results. Few people were there to hear their pleads and no press was observed on the horizon. It seemed that the world has completely abandoned  the problem of forced conversion.

First Hand Video from the Protests

We are living in the 21st century, the era of the greatest minds and the most advanced technologies. We thought we became democratic and civilised, but the case above very well demonstrates how much we are mistaken. How is it possible that somebody can still make you marry a man by force and convert into another religion? And how is it possible that even after the decision of the supreme Court has been made, women still decide to stay with their kidnapper to avoid the pressure of the society?

Unfortunately enough, the case of Rinkle Kumari is not the only one, neither the last. The issue of forced women conversion is still very common in Pakistan, and little has been done to stop it.

If you want to help to solve it, don’t remain silent about it. Talk about it, express your opinion, share this news with your friends, and don’t let the world to ignore this problem.

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