UK Rights groups protest forced marriages in Pak

Last Updated: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 22:35

London: Members of many rights organisations held a demonstration in front of the residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday, protesting the kidnapping and forced marriages of Hindu girls in Pakistan.

Members of the World Sindhi Congress, Balochs, human rights organisations, Hindu Forum of Britain and Hindu Cultural Society, UK, held the demonstration in front of 10 Downing Street, protesting against human rights violations of Hindu girls in Pakistan.

In a petition submitted to the office of the British Prime Minister, the demonstrators urged the British Government to intervene in the matter as the Pakistani Government was showing "apathy" on the issue.

The petition pointed out that the Hindus constituted 15 per cent of the total population in Pakistan at the time of the partition in 1947 but it has now dwindled to less than 2 per cent.

The petition claimed that in the recent past there were as many as 25 cases of Hindu girls being kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslims youths in Pakistan.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 22:35

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