A Karachi court has ruled in favor of a man who abducted Chanda, a Hindu girl despite the victim’s family claiming the girl was underage, but to no avail.
A Hindu minor Chanda Maharaj (15), who was abducted on October 13 in the Sindh city of Hyderabad by a person named Shaman Magsi Baloch, was found by Karachi police in a rented accommodation in the city.
She was brought to court in Karachi where she recounted her horror saying that after being kidnapped she was taken to Karachi and forcibly converted to Islam after which she was repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted for a week before the police picked her up.
While Chanda Maharaj has been sent to Shelter Home for Girls in Karachi and her family informed, no action has yet been taken against the accused, Shaman Magsi Baloch.
The court did not allow Chanda to go with her parents – her tears tell you everything. After the decision, she ran to the parents and hugged them. She was in tears.
Meanwhile, the court slightly changed its decision after a video in which a girl was in tears emerged on social media. The court ordered Chanda to go to a safe house and file a medical report, Veengas reported.
Chanda Maharaj’s mother said she doesn’t trust the system — “I still hope the government and the court will give them justice.”
In another incident, Jamsi Meghwar, d/o Devo Meghwar (14) was abducted by Mustafa Dhokar and Shaukat Ali from Tandu Ghulam Ali area in Tharparkar district of Sindh on October 20.
Jamsi’s father alleged that he was pushed and shoved by the duo before his daughter was kidnapped.
According to reports, Jamsi was married to Shaukat, s/o Murad Hanhrjo after being converted to Islam by Samaru Pir Jan Srihandi. Her father claimed that the Tharparkar police refused to press charges.
Cases of Hindu girls being kidnapped and converted to Islam after being married off to their captors are on the rise with reports of four such cases reported in Pakistan’s Sindh province on October 19-20.
According to reports, two sisters, aged 17 and 18, from the Ood Hindu community were abducted from Salhepat tehsil area of Sakkar district in Sindh on October 19.
Their mother claims that they were abducted by three Muslims, whom they knew, as they were returning from the market with provisions.
She further claimed that the police not only refused to register the FIR, but also refused to receive the complaint itself.
She said she was pushed out of the police station when she protested. The mother and her relatives fear that the sisters will be forced to convert to Islam and then married off to their captors.
Meanwhile, in a video released by Baloch Solidarity Committee, the group called on all Pakistanis to support them by joining the protest rally against the killing of Baloch people in the name of fake dating.
The statement said they want their loved ones safe and alive and they search for their dead and mutilated bodies in the greatest torture the Pakistani government is inflicting on them.
“Our struggle is the only hope for thousands of families of missing persons, who have been in fear and anguish over the fake encounter of forcibly missing persons,” she said.
“The brutal daily killing of Baloch is truly disturbing. Balochistan has turned into a graveyard with mutilated bodies lying everywhere. Raise your voice!” added Mahrang Baloch.
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