Pakistan's HRC demands data on number of forcibly converted Hindu girls in Sindh

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 06:00 hrs

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has called for a survey to be conducted to find out the number of forcibly converted minority community members, particularly young Hindu girls in Sindh.

Speakers at the meeting said that the data was needed so that a comprehensive report be prepared and discussed with the government.

They were speaking at the meeting organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan to discuss issues relating to the vulnerable communities because of their belief and discussion on election prospects vis-a-vis religious minority communities, Dawn News reports.

According to the report, HRCP secretary-general I.A.Rehman said a detailed survey be conducted to collect data from panchayats, representative bodies, etc of the Hindu community regarding forced conversions.

He also suggested that data be collected from religious seminaries, which performed or facilitated conversions in general so that a total figure emerged as to how many people were converting, the report said.

He also stressed that the National Commission on the Minorities that had remained dormant for long be made operational so that the issues being faced by the minorities be highlighted at the government level and could eventually be resolved, the report added. (ANI)

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