Protests erupt against ‘abduction, forced conversion’ of Sikh woman in KP

    Protests have erupted in the Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where members of the Sikh community claim a woman was abducted, forcefully converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man.

    “Dina Kumari, 25, a government teacher, went to duty on Saturday and did not return,” reports quoted Sanat Singh, a close relative of the woman, as saying. He added that the family had started a search for her but it was in vain.

    According to Singh, the lady’s family members, along with other community members, had on Saturday gathered in front of Pir Baba police station and demanded that the police register an FIR [First Information Report] of the alleged incident, but the police refused to do so.

    “When police showed reluctance to register an FIR, the family staged a protest outside the police station,” he said.

    “The police assured us of recovering her and later informed us that she had converted to Islam of her own free will and married her Muslim neighbour,” Singh said and rejected the police’s version, claiming that the woman was engaged and her marriage was planned for next month.

    “She was abducted and forcibly converted,” he maintained.

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