Jamia Binoria Al Aalmia, a religious seminary located at the Industrial area of Karachi(i.e SITE) has a bad name among its other contemporaries for alleged involvement in grabbing land of commercial value with its pressuring tactics. It is said if someone from the authorities raise objections on their activities faces religious persecution as he is accused via wall chalking in the whole SITE area of being a member of minorities or persecuted communities as Ahmedi or Shia. This fear of religious persecution keep them safe from any legal proceedings against them in any charges.
Another aspect of their activities is conversion of members of minorities especially girls to Islam, nay such act whether for any motives are reasons is encouraged and supported. The recent event is the case reported in the newspapers and notice by the Sindh High Court. We hope SHC will fearlessly pursue the case and resist any blackmailing tactics on religious basis.
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court issued notice on Friday to the head of Karachi’s Jamia Binoria International University and the Prosecutor General in a case pertaining to the alleged abduction of a Hindu teenage girl, who converted to Islam.
A division bench comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi also called record and proceedings from the court of Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate, South, Karachi. Petitioners Dharo Mall and his wife Bhoori approached the court against the alleged abduction of their 15-year-old daughter, Poonam, and her forced conversion to Islam by some Muslims.
They cited Saifullah Rabbani, an officebearer of Jamia Binoria International, Farrah, Ayesha, Uzma, Abdul Ghani, Mullah Sultan Babur as respondents. Their counsel submitted that the respondents Farrah, Ayesha, Uzma, Abdul Ghani and Babur abducted the petitioners’ daughter and took her to Chakiwara. They filed an FIR of her abduction and nominated them as the accused. The police produced Poonam before the Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate, South, Karachi. The counsel stated that the JM sent her to Jamia Binoria instead of a Darul Aman.
According to the respondents, Poonam had prayed the court to send her to a seminary because she wanted to study there.
The petitioners prayed the court to order the production of their daughter from the seminary and order action against the private respondents for abducting her.
The SHC division bench issued notice to PG Sindh, Jamia Binoria International University and other respondents. It directed the office of the court to call the record and proceedings from the CJ&JM South, Karachi.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2010