Hindus in Pakistan have experienced harsh, brutal, and severely inhumane living conditions since the creation of Pakistan in 1947. Kidnappings, physical and psychological torture, rapes, forced conversions to Islam, forced marriages of young Hindu girls to Muslim men, lack of police protection, bonded labor, and religious-based discrimination has become the norm for our Hindu brothers and sisters who chose not to leave Sindh after the partition of India. Of late the rise in Islamic fundamentalism throughout Pakistan has created a viciously hostile environment, choking Hindus of their basic rights to live in the land of their forefathers.
Many of you may have heard about the case of Rinkel Kumari, a teen Hindu girl from the town of Mirpur Mathelo who was kidnapped on February 24, 2012. Rinkel’s case is quickly gaining media attention in Pakistan and around the world – not because it is shockingly rare – but because it is one of several recent cases in which young Hindu girls were kidnapped, tortured, forcibly converted to Islam under the mandate of a Mullah, and immediately forced to marry a Muslim man. Notably, the man behind Rinkel’s abduction – Mian Abdul Haq (aka Mian Mithu) – is a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Her abduction by a MNA of the ruling political party in Pakistan clearly highlights a case of state-sponsored terrorism. Moreover, the same week Rinkel was kidnapped three other Hindu girls were kidnapped and underwent the same harassment, conversion, and forced marriage including a physician who worked at a prestigious hospital in Karachi. The female physician, Dr. Lata, was forcibly married to a Muslim man who already kidnapped and converted 5 Hindu wives previously. Since Rinkel was kidnapped just over two weeks ago dozens of other Hindu girls in Sindh have been either kidnapped or are reported missing.
According to the Pakistan Hindu Council, a social organization in Pakistan, at least 25 Hindu girls are reported kidnapped each month in Sindh. When combined with the number of cases that go unreported that number increases to over 50 per month. This recent increase in brutality toward the Hindu community has caused thousands of Hindus to migrate from their native land of Sindh and leave for India in the last year alone. Thousands more have left without being accounted for given their surreptitious and abrupt exodus.
We as International citizens have the ability to do something about this. In the United States our democratic government allows us to express our views to our elected officials who represent us in our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. Congressman Brad Sherman, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives recently expressed his thoughts on the cruel treatment of Hindus in Pakistan in a letter to Pakistan’s President, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari. This letter has increased the attention that Pakistan’s government and media have given to the case of Rinkel Kumari and of other kidnapped Hindu girls.
I urge you to take a few minutes of your time to call Mr. Sherman’s office at 202-225-5911 and express your support for his view that Rinkel’s case be tried fairly in a court of law where she can express herself without the pressure of death threats and violence by the disgusting animals who claim she converted to Islam out of her own free will.
Furthermore, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States. Pick up the phone and make a quick phone call to Mrs. Clinton’s office to speak with Mr. Marc Grossman, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and encouraging him to contact Mr. Zardari and express his discontent with the discriminating and prejudiced treatment of Hindus in Pakistan. This will surely impact the outcome of this case and of others that follow – especially because of the enormous financial funding Pakistan receives from the U.S. as its ally in the war on terror. Let us firmly assert that Pakistan should take accountability for terrorism occurring on its own soil if it cares to remain an ally in this fight to end world terrorism.
Attached is a copy of the letter written by Congressman Brad Sherman. Take just a few minutes to call Marc Grossman’s office and express your views. Rinkel and thousands of young Sindhi “nyanis” are depending on your help.
- 202-647-4133 (Marc Grossman, Special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan for the U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/157779.htm)
- 202-225-5911 (Brad Sherman, Congressman, United States House of Representatives http://bradsherman.house.gov/)
- You may also contact your individual state’s congressman or woman by clicking on the following link: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
Courtesy: Above article is adopted from Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, March 19, 2012.