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Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, president of Pakistan Christian Congress (P.C.C.), have strongly condemned forced conversions of Christian and Hindu women to Islam in Pakistan and urged Supreme Court of Pakistan to ensure safety of Hindu girls Rinkle Kumari and Dr. Lata Kumari.
Dr. Bhatti expressed as to why the chief justice of Pakistan on the last hearing on March 26 ordered the two Hindu girls to be sent to the Darul Aman homeless shelters when the two girls were weeping that they be allowed to reunite with their families.
“It seems like the chief justice of Pakistan is a diehard Islamist,” Dr. Bhatti told this correspondent Thursday morning.
Dr. Bhatti said “The P.C.C. have information’s that Muslim clerics and family members of Muslim kidnappers who converted Rinkel Kumari to Islam and forced her to marry with Naveed Shah are threatening her in Darul Aman women shelter of death if she again requested the Supreme Court to go with her parents on the next hearing on April 18, 2012.”
Rinkel Kumari requested the chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, on March 26, 2012, “Send me with my parents or kill me here in court but don’t send me to Darul Aman. Everyone in Pakistan is hand in glove, there is justice only for Muslims, there is no justice for Hindus and they will kill us.”
Dr. Lata Kumari requested Supreme Court Judges that “I want to meet my parents and to go with them”.
Dr. Bhatti said everyone knows that women homeless shelters in Pakistan are run by provincial governments where all officials from the top supervisor to the common guards are Muslim employees who are most likely to coerce the two Hindu girls.
He said there have been numerous scandals of “prostitution rings” at these homeless shelters and questioned the wisdom of Chaudhry to send the Hindu girls to the Darul Aman.
“It is Ironic that Sindh High Court did not allow meeting of the girls with their parents in spite of their explicit wishes nor did it order dispersal hundreds of Muslim gathered in the high court compound in favor of the forced conversion to Islam with banners and playcards and same scene is likely to be repeated at the Supreme Court of Pakistan.”
Rinkel Kumari daughter of Nandlal resident of Mirpur Mathello Sindh province of Pakistan was kidnapped on February 24, 2012, and her parents were informed by a Muslim cleric that she has converted to Islam.
Dr Lata daughter of Dr Ramesh resident of Jaccobabad city was kidnapped from Karachi, whereas another Aasha Devi was abducted forcibly in Larkana.
There are hundreds of abduction and forced conversion cases of Hindu and Christian women in Pakistan every year which go unreported for fear of influential Muslim kidnappers, Dr. Bhatti lamented.
The Islamic law of apostasy which decrees death to those who leave Islam after conversion keep victims of forced converted women silent that theymight get killed and their kidnappers use weapon of apostasy law to keep them silent, Dr. Bhatti added.
In fact in a true case many years ago in Dubai, U.A.E. an Englishman who converted to Islam at the ripe old age of 60 was asked to undergo circumcision which he followed in spite of pain because of advanced age. After some months he got disillusioned with Islam and wanted to revert to his old faith of Christianity, but was told by the Muslim clerics that in that case a sword will pass through his neck. “The man exclaimed what a mess. When I enter Islam you cut my dick and when I want to leave islam you cut my neck,” a bodyguard of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed narrated to this scribe.
Dr. Bhatti said that Supreme Court of Pakistan have never helped victims of blasphemy law or other Islamic laws. He pointed out the appeal of Christian woman Asia Bibi is pending in the Lahore High Court for quite some years.
He said minorities have no hope that the Supreme Court will do justice in Rinkel Kumari and Lata Kumari cases because it did not allow these women to go with their parents and in stead sent them to the homeless shelter.
Dr. Bhatti, who is chief of Pakistan Christian Congress, said that time has come that Supreme Court of Pakistan should allay fears in the minds of Christians, Hindus, Ahmadis and other religious minorities of Pakistan that it does not exist merely to uphold Islamic laws.