Pak SC directs police to trace three Hindu women

Pakistan`s Supreme Court directed police to trace three Hindu women who were allegedly kidnapped and to produce them in court on March 26.

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Supreme Court on Thursday
directed police to trace three Hindu women who were allegedly
kidnapped or forcibly taken away in the southern Sindh
province and to produce them in court on March 26.

A three-Judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry directed the Sindh Police chief to take "all
necessary steps" for the recovery of the three Hindu women.
The order was issued in response to a constitutional petition
filed by the Pakistan Hindu Council.
During the proceedings, Ramesh Kumar, patron-in-chief of
the Pakistan Hindu Council, told the bench that Rinkle Kumari
of Mirpur Mathello and Lata of Jacobabad had been kidnapped
while Poja Devi of Larkana was forcibly taken away.

He asked the judges to issue directions to the provincial
government to recover the women and produce them in court.

Attorney General Anwar-ul-Haq, who appeared on behalf of
the government, requested the court to give him some time to
seek instructions from authorities regarding the matter.
The apex court subsequently adjourned the case till March
26.

In a related development, Rinkle Kumari spoke to
reporters at Sukkur in Sindh province and denied reports that
she had been kidnapped and forced to convert and marry a
Muslim man.
Rinkle said she had chosen to convert to Islam and marry
a man named Naveed Shah, and that nobody had forced her into
the wedding.

She said she had adopted the name Faryal Shah after
becoming a Muslim girl and had "nothing to do" with her
parents as she wanted to live with her husband.

PTI

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