Rinkle Kumari: Pakistan’s forgotten daughter – by A Z


RinkleExactly one year ago this day, Rinkle was abducted from her house. When first presented in a court of law in Mirpur Mathelo, she requested to be returned to her parents. The court overruled her request as her kidnappers needed more time to ‘work’ on her. When presented in court again on Feb 28, she was ‘ready’ to recite the Kalma and became ‘Faryal Bibi’ from Rinkle. Her captors greeted her conversion by firing gunshots in the air in front of the court. Rinkle was then taken to the local Dargah to be ‘kept’ there.

After much hue and cry by Human Rights organizations, the Dragah’s Pirs brought Rinkle to Karachi Press Club to produce a coerced affirmation of the conversion by Rinkle. The matter was escalated to High Court where, in front of Justice Bajwa, Rinkle accused that she had been forcefully abducted and subsequently ‘wronged’. She declared unequivocally and vociferously that she wanted to be returned to her mother. But the court dispensed the ‘justice’, so typical for minorities in Pakistan, by ordering that Rinkle, manifestly against her will, be sent to a shelter house in Islamabad.

Not allowed to hug her mother, she somehow managed to tell her one thing.

“Mother, who are you asking for help? This country belongs to the Muslims. Everyone from the bottom to the top is an accomplice.”

Finally, yielding to pressure from the human right organizations, the newly-converted girl was sent home under police custody. It was the beginning of an ordeal of pain and misery for the poor girl that we are familiar with. This is just one example of Hindus’ persecution in Sind in Pakistan. After Rinkle, it has been the turn of Asha, Durga, Vijanti, Lata, Arvna, Devi, Bhagwanti and many others.

It should not be surprising in a country, which openly separates its population based on their religious identities and even mandates separate electorates for some of them. The troubled minorities in Pakistan need our support in any form. The Hindus in Sind have lived there for over three millennia. Yet, the intolerance gripping the country means that they face a terrible choice of either leaving the country or being persecuted with little or no recourse to justice. Of course, another stark choice is to convert to Islam. Beautiful young girls like Rinkle are the prime candidate for being brought into the fold of Islam.

Keep in mind that religion cannot be ruled out in any case of harassment of a minority in Pakistan. It is increasingly difficult to differentiate between thousands of disputes related to children guardianship, inheritance, and property and such human rights abuses carried out in the name of religion, or more precisely, the persecution of minority religious groups. Denying the new reality that Pakistani society has lost all semblance of religious harmony helps us to find neither causes nor solutions. Persecution of minorities in our society as well as their prosecution for their beliefs and faiths amount to a systematic abuse of human rights with religious legitimacy. The courts frequently kneel down to the radicals’ agenda. The perpetrators are fully aware the violence they commit is forgiven by the law,

All in all, at the national level, the position of minorities remains at risk. They are weak in the eyes of the national laws and the central government has no clear mechanism to protect them. Ahmedis are banned from worshipping in public places, as we witness daily an emerging scenario of intolerance and oppression of minorities. In these unfortunate circumstances, silence and inaction are certainly no options. As Martin Luther King famously said: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends”.

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11 responses to “Rinkle Kumari: Pakistan’s forgotten daughter – by A Z”

  1. i hope this forced conversions end and girls belonging to hindu religion are spared . To be a beautiful girl does not mean that muslims have a right to have sex with then. in order to do thsat they convert this gorls against their will . Rinkle Kumari ‘s story is tragic and shows how these Pirs Ans Faqirs behave. it is not right.
    we condemn this behavior stongly and oppose any attempt to convert people to Islam against their will.
    We must create an atmosphere where all the citizens have the right to profess their own religion. We can not force any one to convert by using force.
    These stories bring bad name to our society . we must respect the principles of Islam and should not exploit the great religion.\
    we must exercise restraint and follow the mysteries of our conscience.

    JAVAID BASHIR
    LAHORE

  2. I hope this forced conversions end and girls belonging to hindu religion are spared . To be a beautiful girl does not mean that muslims have a right to have sex with then. in order to do that they convert this girls against their will . Rinkle Kumari ‘s story is tragic and shows how these Pirs And Faqirs behave. it is not right.
    we condemn this behavior strongly and oppose any attempt to convert people to Islam against their will.
    We must create an atmosphere where all the citizens have the right to profess their own religion. We can not force any one to convert .
    These stories bring bad name to our society . we must respect the principles of Islam and should not exploit the great religion.\
    we must exercise restraint and follow the mysteries of our conscience.

    JAVAID BASHIR
    LAHORE

  3. I would want to help the sindhi Hindus but i cant. Living in germany and beeing busy with my life and problems…
    How can a Ahmadi help another person who suffers the same in Pakistan.. just another Bano and no one helps.. i pray for every human in pakistan who has to suffer of beeing not accepted in pakistan.. shame on pakistan shame on Jinnah what he made!!

    • Silence of the people of Pakistan even after one year shows their approval of the forced conversions of Hindu girls by fanatic Muslims. It now appears that nothing can be done for the minorities in Pakistan. All remain hand in glove with each other. I advise Hindus and other persecuted minorities to leave Pakistan as soon as possible and shift to India.

  4. Rinkle was not forced…Ahmedis are the enemies of Islam as well as Pakistan. .Hindus and other minorities are livisng with us like brothers.

  5. Enemies of Islam are good. Hindus are of course your brothers and Sisters. Keep up the good work!

  6. “Hindus and other minorities are livisng with us like brothers.” What about your hindu sisters? Should they be lured by and sexually harassed by her muslim brothers. Should they be considered a potential wife or sex toy for her muslim brothers?

  7. I want know the reaction of pak muslim women and girls…why dont they protest against this?don’t they have a heart?

  8. As an Indian Hindu mum of two young daughters, I cannot help but feel despair and disghust and yes, fear (what if this happened to my daughters), while reading Rinkle’s story.
    I was all set to write an angry response, when I noticed, the writer of this article and the moderate comments of support for Rinkle all come from Muslim men from Pakistan. It is about time, ordinary people like us unite against these atrocities on girls; regardless of religion or gender or political bias. I applaud Rin kle and her mum for their bravery and for not giving up on life.

  9. Being a Hindu i am not able to help Rinkle kumari because i am in India & Pakistani will not help any minorities Hindu. Islam doesn’t have any sympathy to the other religion so finally its survival of the fittest & thanks to Rinkes family for their fighting, for justice. we can understand many Rinkes are around Pakistan …………….