A Sikh girl who was allegedly abducted and forced to convert to Islam before being married to a Muslim man in Pakistan has been sent back to her parents. Police in Nankana Sahib city of Punjab province have arrested eight people in connection with the case.
The development comes after India said on Friday that it raised the issue with Pakistan and asked for “immediate remedial action”.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the ministry has received a number of representations from various quarters of civil society in India, including Sikh religious bodies, at the “reports of the incident of abduction and forced conversion of a minor Sikh girl in Pakistan”.
“We have shared these concerns with the government of Pakistan and asked for immediate remedial action,” he said.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh also sought immediate intervention of Indian and Pakistani governments in the matter.
Singh demanded Pakistan PM Imran Khan to take stern action against those responsible for it and said they should not be allowed to get way. He also urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to raise the issue with his counterpart in Islamabad.
Union minister and Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal described the incident as a shameful act and said the Sikh community will go all out and tell the world what Pakistan is doing to minorities.
A video of the girl’s wedding has gone viral on social media.
“Call upon@ImranKhanPTI to take firm and immediate action against the perpetrators. Request @DrS Jaishankar to strongly take up the issue with his counterpart at the earliest,” Singh added in the tweet.
Union minister Badal said it was “totally shocking and shameful” that minorities in Pakistan were being attacked in this manner.The girl is the daughter of the Gurdwara priest, she said.
“To what level can they stoop, it is absolutely shocking and shameful and Imran Khan must immediately take action and ensure protection of minorities and walk his talk about having respect for Sikhs and Guru Nanak Dev ji,” Badal said.