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Special Correspondents | Washington DC & Hyderabad, Pakistan | HENB | 11 Dec 2014:: On December 10, 2014, International Human Rights Day, members of many Hindu groups, Christian groups and human rights groups joined together outside the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, DC calling for an end to the abuse of human rights of religious minorities and inhumane Islamic persecution upon Hindus and Christians in Pakistan.
Many Hindu, Christian and Human rights organisers like Pakistan Human Rights Collective, World Hindu Council of America, American Friends of Balochistan, Pakistan Christian Congress and Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) participated in protest rally. The protest took place on the 66th anniversary of the United Nations’ signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948.
The protesters demanded the release of 12 year old Pakistan Hindu girl Kajal Bheel, whose forced abduction and forced religious conversion has drawn world-wide condemnation and outrage. The protesters called for Pakistan courts to allow the release of Kajal Bheel from her forced abduction, and urged support for the legal efforts to defend Kajal Bheel by the Global Human Rights Defence organization (GHRD).
GHRD is planning for the next court case to defend her on December 19 in Pakistan, and they are calling for people to support her human rights by signing their petition at: http://ghrd.org/get-involved/petitions/save-kajal/savekajal/ and on Twitter at #savekajal
Protesters also pointed out the recent of abduction and forced conversaion of other Pakistan Hindu girls, including Neelam Kohli (11 years old), Anjali Menghwar (12 years old), Kiran Kumari (14 years old), Parsa Kolhi, and Wali Kolhi. Protesters displayed signs condemning the practice of such child abduction and forced religious conversion to Islam.
The oppression and attack on Pakistan Hindu religious minorities was also demonstrated by protesters who pointed out that Hindus went from a 24 percent minority in 1948 to about 1.6 percent of the Pakistan population in 1998.
Human rights campaigner Ahmer Mustikhan asked Pakistanis – “Are these not our children? Are our Hindu girls not children that deserve to be protected, live with their families, and have a right to their religion?” R.E.A.L.’s Jeffrey Imm also pointed out how such human rights abuse of Hindu girls was a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including articles 3, 16, and 18. Jeffrey Imm also denounced a pattern of attacks in Pakistan against Hindu temples and their business.
The protesters also decried the abuse of Pakistan Christians and other minorities, noting the recent mob attack on a Pakistan Christian couple (burning them to death), and called for an end to oppressive Pakistan blasphemy law used to give a death sentence to Christian Asia Bibi, which was used in the arrest of Christian Zafar Bhatti (who was shot to death), and oppression of other religious minorities. Protesters held signs condemning the Pakistan blasphemy law and calling for its change. Protesters called for the release of such Pakistan political prisoners as Christian Asia Bibi, who have been imprisoned on spurious “blasphemy” charges.
In Pakistan, there was a series of protests over the persecution on minority Hindus to mark the observation of International Human Rights Day 2014. Pakistan Hindu Seva (PHS) organized a protest against recent forced conversion of minor Hindu girls. The protest was organized in front of High Court Hyderabad where lawyers from Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad and Karachi participated against injustices with minorities in Sindh. Mohan Bheel father of adducted girl Kajal Bheel, who is recently forcefully converted to Islam from Udero Lal, asked law enforcing agencies for justice with them. There were also family members of Marvi Kolhi aged 13 and Bhadal Kolhi aged 14 who were recently abducted and forcefully converted to Islam. As per the monitoring team of PHS, there are 12 cases of very recent forced conversion with minor Hindu girls in the last 52 days. Hindus is Sindh are not given any justice by government and judiciary.
Pakistan Hindu Seva, CRM, GHRD and CSSP organized the Seminar on “Forcefully Conversion and Hindu Marriage Act” on the day of International Human Rights Day at Hyderbad Dayal Dass Club. In this seminar around 200 persons came belonging to different sect of life including speakers, students, advocates, women, civil society people, political parties’ members, the victims’ families.
Speakers from Civil society, NGO’s attended this seminar Mr. Gustafa Baloch, Madam Nazeer Qurashi Vice President of Sindh Aurt Tanzeem, Dr.Shankar from Sindh Secular Forum, Ranomal Coordinator PHS, Hero Comerate, Advocate Haman Dass and Advocate Shahnawaz Jingi gives speeches. All three girls’ parents were presented in the seminar with their families. The speakers in the seminar demanded that the Government official people should resolve the minority rights of Sindh and call to solve the problems.
In this seminar we have discussed the issues of the Hindu Marriage act and Force fully conversion cases. Pakistan Hindu Seva Legal Advisor Advocate Haman Dass speaks about the facts and findings of recent cases of forcefully conversions of 12 Hindu Girls within 2 months.
In another programme, Advocate Veerji Kholi, attached to various Hindu rights groups in Pakistan, led a march near Hyderabad Press Club to raise a voice to free Pakistani minorities from an unbearable Islamic bondage. .
Input Courtesy: REAL | PHS.