(AsiaNews) - Three young Hindu women abducted in February and forced to convert
to Islam and marry three Muslim men must return to their husbands, Pakistan's
Supreme Court ruled. For the justices, the three women freely chose their fate.
Their families object that they were placed under huge pressure from Muslim
of the three women, Rinkle Kumari (pictured),
told the judges that she wanted to go back to her family. In her statement to the
court, she said, "there is justice only for Muslims; there is no justice for
Hindus. Kill me here in court, but don't send me to Darul-Aman (Qur'anic
school). All these people are hand in glove, they will kill us".
two women expressed a similar desire to go back to their family.
a great injustice," said Hindu activist Dilip Kumar. "Three weeks ago, the
three women said they wanted to go back to their parents, but the judges chose
to send them to prison to put pressure on them." If they had not returned to
their husbands, he believes, Muslims would have killed them.
For Fr Anwar
Patras, a priest from the diocese of Rawalpindi, the court bent to the will of Muslim
groups who kidnap young Hindu and Christian women to force them to convert and
government must adopt a law against forced conversions," he said. "It is clear
that the young women were put under pressure to convert. The Supreme Court was
their last hope and it let them down."
Kumari, a 19-year-old Hindu student was abducted on 24 February in Mirpur
Mathelo, a small village in Sindh (southeastern Pakistan), by a thugs hired by
a rich Muslim scholar.
other women, Lata and Asha, were abducted in Jacobabad and Larkana.
to get their daughters back, the parents filed a petition with the Supreme
Court to avoid the local Islamic court.
March, the three women appeared before the court, testifying that they had been
forced to convert and that they wanted to go back to their families.
incarcerated them to allow them "to reflect" on their choice without the possibility
of meeting their parents.
25 to 30 young women are abducted for a total of about 300 forced conversions
and marriages a year.
but also Christian women and teenage girls are taken away from their families and
handed over to their would-be husbands and torturers.