Allegedly Forcefully Converted To Islam, Jagjit Kaur Returns To Her Family
After India’s Ministry of External Affairs released a statement on Sunday raising concern against the case of a Sikh teenage girl Jagjit Kaur being allegedly abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, the girl has reportedly been returned to her home today (September 3). Shiromani Akali Dal leader and MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa actively spoke up against the cases of abduction of Sikh girls living in Pakistan and forceful conversion to Islam.
He posted a video on Twitter thanking the Indian government and media whose fight has led Jagjit Kaur to go back to her family. “The man who abducted her has apologised to the family of the girl. He has said that he won’t have anything to do with her. This is the victory of justice-loving people and the entire country. But the fight will finish after all such girls return to their families. I also want to congratulate the Sikh community of Pakistan,” said Sirsa in the video.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh has also offered to help Kaur. “Even after so many days, (Pakistan Prime Minister) Imran Khan has failed to help out Jagjit Kaur, forcibly converted and married against her wishes,” the Chief Minister wrote in a tweet on Monday.
“I would like to extend my full support to the young girl and will be happy to have her and her family to settle down in Punjab and provide any help if needed,” Amarinder Singh added.
The 19-year-old girl is a resident of Nankana Sahib of Punjab Province in Pakistan. Recently she went missing from her house and her family shared a video message on social media alleging a Muslim man of abducting her, forcibly converting her religion to Islam and then marrying her. They also filed an FIR against six persons including prime accused Mohammad Hassan and his friend Arsalan who aided him in marrying the teenage girl.
However, another video went viral of the girl and Mohammad Hassan getting married and the girl saying while sitting beside Hassan that she converted to Islam and married him out of her free will.
“The man who abducted her has apologised to the family of the girl. He has said that he won’t have anything to do with her. This is the victory of justice-loving people and the entire country. But the fight will finish after all such girls return to their families.
The Gurudwara Committee of India sent a memorandum to PM Narendra Modi to take up the issue with the United Nations. Bhupendra Singh Walia, a senior office-bearer of the Gurudwara Committee said in the memorandum, “The Sikhs are forcefully converted to Islam, and most of the victims of forceful conversion are women.”
“On one hand, there is joy in the world on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, while on the other hand, a Sikh girl is abducted and forcefully converted to Islam in Pakistan,” Walia added.
In another case, two girls were allegedly kidnapped by a group of “influential” men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi.
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