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Around 600 people a year are forcely converted to Islam
A meeting about the practice was organized by the Minority Rights Commission of Pakistan. The courts were accused of being too dependent on their Islamic environment. A Catholic bishop said the feudal mentality and the economy also play a part.
Christian sentenced to seven years in jail on blasphemy charges
Police say he tore out pages of the Qu'ran. The law strikes the poor and the defenceless, says Bishop of Faisalabad.
Government and Hindu fundamentalists against Christians in Orissa
Balasore Bishop appeals to central government. Police and media spread false rumours about conversions to justify anti-Christian violence.
Punjab: Christian student nurse forced to convert to marry Muslim man
Farah Hatim, 24, was kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam. Although her family filed n abduction report, local police and politicians are protecting the culprits. The victim’s lawyer and a human rights activist also point to the legal flaws in the young woman’s alleged statement of conversion presented in court. For a Catholic priest, the rising number of anti-Christian incidents is “alarming”.
Blasphemy law: death threats against teenage girl forces family to flee
Lahore Bishop asks Musharraf to repeal anti-minority legislation
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