`Dalit girl forced to convert to Islam in Pak`

Poonam was kidnapped from her house in Lyari Town in Karachi on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 12:35 PM IST

Islamabad: A 13-year-old Dalit girl was kidnapped and apparently forced to convert to Islam in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, according to a media report on Saturday.

Poonam was kidnapped from her house in Lyari Town in Karachi on Wednesday, her uncle Bhanwroo told the Daily Times newspaper.

When neighbours informed her family of Poonam`s presence at a madrassa in Lyari, they went there.

"She was very scared and under the influence of maulvis. She told us they will not let her go, so she will stay with them as a Muslim," said Bhanwroo.

The family contacted police in Chakiwara to lodge an FIR on the kidnapping but they refused to do so, he said.

Lyari`s Superintendent of Police Khadim Hussain Rind told the newspaper that lodging an FIR would not make any difference as it will be cancelled during court proceedings.

PTI