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Jeenat Kohli | Nankana Shahib (Pakistan) | HENB | Aug 31, 2019:: The news forwarded as by the Pakistani media that, a Sikh girl who was allegedly kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan+ has returned home to her parents, Nankana Sahib police said on Friday. But that was a fake news as propagated by Jihadi news media of Pakistan.
The Pakistani media also buzzed as, Police have arrested eight people in connection with the incident including the Muslim imam who fraudulently solemnized the ‘nikha’ (Muslim marriage) after abduction, forced conversion of the victim Sikh girl. But, that was also proved fake.
The girl, identified as 19-year old Jagjit Kaur, was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry a Muslim man in Pakistan. The incident came to light on Thursday after a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA, Manjinder Singh Sirsa shared a video of the girl’s family alleging that the girl was kidnapped and forcefully converted.
The incident had drawn the attention of Sikhs worldwide and sparked anger in the community. The girl’s father, identified as Bhagwan Singh, is a ”granthi” (priest) at Gurudwara Tambu Sahib.
The matter had raised a furore in India with several political leaders across parties asking for action to be taken against the perpetrators.
The development comes after India said on Friday that it raised the issue with Pakistan and asked for “immediate remedial action”.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the ministry has received a number of representations from various quarters of civil society in India, including Sikh religious bodies, at the “reports of the incident of abduction and forced conversion of a minor Sikh girl in Pakistan”.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also sought immediate intervention of Indian and Pakistani governments in the matter.
Singh demanded Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to take stern action against those responsible for it and said they should not be allowed to get way. He also urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to raise the issue with his counterpart in Islamabad.
Religion is a personal matter and forcible conversion of this kind has no place in any society, he said.
Union minister and Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal described the incident as a shameful act and said the Sikh community will go all out and tell the world what Pakistan is doing to minorities.
But, then then, Pak media made a rumor for the ‘coming back of the sikh girl to her parents from the abductor gang’ so far.
Though, Pak Punjab governor met the father of abducted Sikh girl+ and Punjab govt addressed the matter with Sikh community over alleged forced conversion of 19-year-old girl and formed a committee+ that yielded no result so far.
The news agency ANI denied the news of such coming back to her family of that Sikh girl who was a victim of planned abduction, forced conversion and fraudulent marriage.
The news agency ANI reports, Brother of Sikh girl who was allegedly abducted and converted to Islam in Pakistan denied the fact of return their sister. “Our sister has not been returned to us till now, these reports are wrong, neither arrests made yet. I appeal to PM Imran Khan, Army Chief and Punjab Governor to ensure justice to us” told victim’s brother to ANI.
National Spokesman of Akali Dal and a MLA of Delhi, Manjinder S Sirsa tweeted+: Sikh community gathered at Sri Nankana Sahib today morning to reiterate their demand for return of Jagjit Kaur to her parents. The News that she has been sent back to her parents is a LIE and part of Pak propaganda.
__inputs from Agencies.