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In Pakistan, Hindu girl rescued by police, now with parents | Amritsar News


AMRITSAR: Pakistani Hindu girl, Reena Meghwar, who was allegedly forcibly married to an elderly Muslim man and converted to Islam was rescued by the local police and handed over to her parents on Monday.
Talking to TOI over phone from Karachi, Kheal Das Kohistani, Pakistani Hindu Member National Assembly (MNA), who represents Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), said that after the video of the girl seeking help online went viral on the internet, she was rescued by Badin police. Her statement was recorded in court and she was handed over to her parents.
Reena, who hails from Karyo Ghanwar village in Badin district was allegedly forced to marry Mohammad Qasim in February, after which she was converted to Islam and renamed Maryam.
A few months ago, a video of Reena alias Maryam, which was recorded by her on a rooftop went viral, wherein she was seen pleading to her neighbours to help her. She was seen requesting them to inform her parents about her condition.
“When she was taken by the police to record her statement, she retracted under pressure and was sent back to Qasim’s house,” said Kheal Das, adding that on Sunday, another video of Reena crying for help went viral, following which police swung into action and recovered her from her alleged husband’s house.
Member, Pakistan’s National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Dr Jaipal Chhabria said the community was pleased with the quick action taken by the police to help Reena. He added that NCM was scheduled to meet non-Muslim parliamentarians and minister of human rights and senator Shireen Mazari on July 30 to discuss the issue of forced conversions in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Jaipal Chhabria underlined the need for implementation of the Child Marriage Act and restriction of religious conversion age to 18 years. “These are a few measures which could help prevent forced conversions and ensure police action against violators. Besides, we do not accept conversion by moulvis” he said.





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