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'Forcible conversions, rapes of women happen daily in Pakistan': India to UNHRC


'Forcible conversions, rapes of women happen daily in Pakistan': India to UNHRC


India criticised Pakistan on Tuesday for increased attacks on religious minorities within the country and accused the country’s government of turning a blind eye to incidents of forced conversions, rape, abduction and made marriage. India, while exercising the proper of Reply to the statements made by Pakistan at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) at the United Nations in Geneva, said that attacks on minorities are occurring on a day to day 

“The plight of minorities in Pakistan is clear from their shrinking size. Forced conversions’ became a daily phenomenon in Pakistan. we've seen reports of minor girls belonging to spiritual minorities being abducted, raped, forcibly converted and married. quite 1,000 girls, belonging to spiritual minorities, are forcibly converted in Pakistan every year”, Pawan Badhe, first secretary in India’s permanent mission in Geneva said during the session.

Badhe also said that Christians, Ahmadiyyas, Sikhs and Hindus still face persecution within the hands of the bulk . He said these communities face systematic persecution at the hands of the Pakistani government.

“Systematic persecution of minorities, including Christians, Ahmadiyyas, Sikhs, Hindus through draconian blasphemy laws, forced conversions and marriages and extra-judicial killings, has become a daily phenomenon in Pakistan. Holy and ancient sites of spiritual minorities in Pakistan are attacked and vandalised,” Badhe further added.

Sindhis are the most important ethnic group group in Pakistan followed by Pashtuns, Mohajirs and Baluchis. Hindus are the most important religious minority group in Pakistan followed by Christians, Ahmadis, Shias, Ismailis, Bohras, Parsis and Sikhs consistent with minorityrights.org.

During the session, India also criticised Pakistan for attacking journalists critical of the Pakistan government. Badhe said that Pakistan is popping into the land of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions of political activists, students, journalists, human rights defenders and minority activists.

“Pakistan now features a dubious distinction of being listed among the foremost dangerous countries for the practice of journalism. Journalists face threats, intimidation, are began air, kidnapped and in some cases killed so as to silence critics of the Pakistani establishment,” Badhe said.

Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) started investigating a minimum of 12 journalists and activists for violations of the Electronic Crimes Act in 2020, consistent with a report by Human Rights Watch. The report also acknowledged that several journalists, including some belonging to major news outlets, have faced sedition charges after being critical of the govt .
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