In a stark reminder of the treatment minority population are subjected to in Pakistan, two minor sisters belonging to Hindu community have been allegedly and forcibly married after being converted to Islam recently, according to media reports.
The tragic incident took place on the eve of Holi festival in the Sindh province of the country, reports said.
The girls go by names, Raveena and Reena, and are aged just 13 and 15, respectively. They were abducted from their home in Ghotki district. Reports said a group of influential men are involved in the offence. A massive protest by Hindu community people ensued, calling for action against the offenders.
After a video showing the Nikha of the girls went viral, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan.
According to reports, abduction and forced marriage of Hindu girls with older Muslim men is common in Sindh province resulting in a sharp decline in the Hindu population in Pakistan over the years.
Currently, Hindus constitute less than 1% of Pakistan population and are regularly subjected to hardship, forced conversion and human rights violations, reports say.