An 18-year-old Hindu girl, Pooja Oad, was reportedly shot dead in Rohi, Sukkur, during a failed abduction attempt. According to Sindhi media, the girl was said to have been shot in the middle of the street after she put up resistance to the attackers.
Every year, several women belonging to minority communities, especially Hindus in Sindh, are abducted and forcibly converted by religious extremists. Pakistan’s minority communities have long faced the issue of forced marriages and conversions. According to the Peoples Commission for Minorities’ Rights and the Centre for Social Justice, 156 incidents of forced conversions took place between 2013 and 2019.
In 2019, the Sindh government attempted to outlaw forced conversions and marriages for the second time, but certain religious protestors contested the bill, arguing that these girls are not forced to convert but do so after falling in love with Muslim men, and the law was rejected.
That year, the case of two Hindu sisters, Reena and Raveena, captured national attention, after their family claimed the girls had been forced to convert and marry when they were underage, and therefore unable to consent to making such decisions. The girls told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that they had converted willingly; the court ruled in the sisters’ favour
The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics reports the the overall population of the Hindu community in Pakistan at 1.60 per cent, and 6.51 per cent in Sindh