Sikh woman lacking in Pakistan’s Punjab province; police file case towards ‘unknown abductor’

Islamabad, September 20

A 22-year-old Sikh woman is lacking in Pakistan’s Punjab province and police have launched a case towards an “unknown abductor”, in accordance with a media report on Sunday.

The incident occurred just lately in Attock district’s Hassanabdal metropolis, which is dwelling to the well-known Gurdwara Panja Sahib—one of the crucial sacred websites in Sikhism.

According to a report revealed in Dawn newspaper, the woman stepped out of her home to throw away trash, however by no means returned. Her father runs a store in Hassanabdal.

The report, nonetheless, didn’t point out the date of the incident.

A case had been registered by Hassanabdal police towards an “unknown abductor” on the grievance of the woman’s father beneath Section 365-B of the Pakistan Penal Code for kidnapping, abducting or inducing a lady to marry, the report stated, quoting Raja Fayyaz-ul-Hassan, the sub-divisional police officer.

Police have launched a hunt for the lacking woman, the officer stated.

Sub-Inspector Tahir Iqbal, the spokesman for district police, additionally stated {that a} case was registered towards an “unknown abductor” instantly after the woman’s father filed a grievance.

The day after she went lacking she reportedly despatched a WhatsApp message to her father telling him that she had contracted a wedding of her personal will and transformed to Islam, stated sub-divisional police officer Hassan.

He stated a number of police groups had been in search of the woman in order that she may very well be produced earlier than a court docket of legislation and her assertion recorded.

General Secretary of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Sardar Ameer Singh additionally confirmed that the woman had gone lacking from her father’s home positioned close to the Gurdwara Punja Sahib, the report stated.

Singh stated the woman’s father and uncle met federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri on Friday—within the presence of Punjab’s Minister for Minority Affairs Ijaz Alam Augustine and chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Dr Aamir Ahmad—and apprised him of her disappearance.

In response to a query, he stated: “At the moment, it is premature to confirm that the girl has converted to another religion. This can only be confirmed once the girl is found and her statement is recorded.”

There have been circumstances of compelled conversion and marriages of non-Muslim ladies in Pakistan however most of them are reported in Sindh province, which has a large Hindu inhabitants. PTI 

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