7 arrested in Pakistan over abduction, religious conversion, forced marriage of Hindu minors

7 arrested in Pakistan over abduction, religious conversion, forced marriage of Hindu minors

[Ed. – Ilhan Omar’s religion of peace]

Seven people were arrested Monday by police in Pakistan in connection to the alleged abduction, forced religious conversion and illegal marriage of two minor Hindu girls, according to local media reports.

The two teenagers, Raveena, 13, and Reena 15, were allegedly taken by a group of “influential” men from their home in Ghotki district in the Sindh province, on the eve of Holi – a Hindu spring festival. After being kidnapped, the girls were forced to convert to Islam and wed against their will. Soon after the kidnapping, a video in which a cleric was purportedly shown marrying off the underage sisters went viral, triggering a national outrage.

The two girls ultimately made their way to a court in Bahawalpur, a city located in the Punjab province of Pakistan, seeking protection. Police have not released the names of the people arrested or their alleged roles in the incident.

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Pakistani police had received intense backlash for initially ignoring pleas from the girls’ family to investigate the disappearance because the girls were Hindu. The police later said they had registered an official complaint and were looking into the matter.

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