It is beyond belief that how could a Muslim man abduct a minor non-Muslim girl to get marry and for conversion to Islam. Islam does not allow potent conversion rather than a religion that a conscious willing applied to all aspects of life. Arzoo Raja, 1a 13 years old Christian girl’s abduction and compelling adaptation of religion is a slap on our judiciary. 13-Year-Old Arzoo Raja Was Forcibly Converted & Married: People Want Justice.
The Movement for Solidarity and Peace calculates that annually up to 1,000 young Christian and Hindu girls aged between 12 and 25 are abducted by Muslim men, forcibly married, and converted. The Sindh court has handed the custody of 13-year-old Arzoo to her 44-year-old kidnapper, who forcibly converted her.
13-yr-old Christian girl Arzoo Raja is kidnapped in Karachi,converted & married to a 44-yr-old man.A court, on basis of affidavit signed under duress, sent her with him, despite docs confirming her age.Many even celebrate.Who’ll take us seriously when we’re drenched in hypocrisy? pic.twitter.com/uh22zxM7vD
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) October 29, 2020
Briefcase History of Arzoo Raja…and Why it is so Appalling?
According to media officials,
“The incident happened in Karachi where Azhar Ali kidnapped the child, forcibly converted her, and married her. However, the predicament still doesn’t end here. The Sindh High Court has handed the custody of Arzoo to the same captor, despite clear evidence that she was under-age. The court order patently states that Arzoo has converted to Islam and contracted marriage on her own “free will”. The court also ordered the police not to arrest Azhar and the other persons nominated in the FIR by the girl’s family and to ensure the security of the couple.”
Her birth certificate issued by NADRA clearly states that she is merely a 13-year-old child
And a minor could easily be pressured into conversion and marriage
Twitter is inflamed over the unjust decision
Siaasi Aurtain condemns the recent high court decision which has given legitimacy to this child marriage.
The Sindh Marriage Restraint Act states that marriage before the age of 18 is illegal. pic.twitter.com/p1PfumPliK
— Siaasi Aurtain – سیاسی عورتیں (@SiaasiAurtain) October 28, 2020
They are enquiring about the system that tolerates that cracks human rights and distort Islamic theories
How can any adult in any institution tolerate & allow this 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/E34XNDcwwr
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) October 29, 2020
Courts are compromised to the core in Sindh, they are too afraid of Mullahs and their pressure. Most rather all of the #ForcedConversion victims are minor, yet still no court has ever sent them back to their parents. They become the tool to legalise the abduction and rape. https://t.co/BdqKh8zAsD
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) October 29, 2020
What is our standing in the tormenting case of Arzoo Raja?
This is not delinked from one of the severest crackdowns on Shia thought and practice in Pakistan’s history that has happened over last few months. More than 50 blasphemy cases, abduction of Shia women by police, and 1000s ki anti-Shia mobilization in Khi. #antisectistfeminism
— kartidharti (@nosheenali) October 30, 2020
In the case of 13 year old #ArzooRaja (official documents confirm her age) the abductors and rapist, the madressa, the police and court officials seem to be colluding in favour of a man using religion to be able to rape a child. The man who ‘married’ her has brothers who are cops
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) October 28, 2020
Australian actor, Nathaniel Buzolic also shared the same on Instagram, demanding justice for Arzoo
This case is notoriously famous and its screams could be heard in the outside world too. The white part of our flag signifies minorities as equal citizens of Pakistan. Arzoo’s case is one of the many cases of forced conversions in Pakistan, that is in due course brushed off under the rug. Basic compassion and humanity should dictate raising our voice against such palpable human rights desecrations.
The authorities should actively work to make Pakistan a place where citizens are not vulnerable due to their conviction. Till then, let’s raise our voice till Arzoo gets back to her family.