Pakistan rejects anti-forced conversion law, Evangelical Focus

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A parliamentary committee in Pakistan recently rejected the law against forced conversion. It will not be submitted to Parliament.

The Pakistani Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interreligious Harmony had already rejected the law at the end of Septemberthat it “collides with Islamic Sharia”.

“There is a fear that this law can be used to no longer accept Islam. It will cause hatred among Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Islam rejects forced conversions, and it is ultimately necessary to stop them. Such cases are very rare in Pakistan, but they are well known“, She then added.

Back in July Supreme Court Justice Mushir Alam refused an appeal from a high-ranking church leader for a constitutional petition to protect Christian girls from violent conversion to Islam and marriage to Muslims.

In August, clergymen also rejected the bill called it a “conspiracy” and “trap of the West”.

The bill was back discussed during a meeting of the parliamentary committee on the protection of minorities from forced conversions on October 13, when the Minister of Religious Affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, said the “environment for the formulation of the law is unfavorable”.

According to Qadri, “the drafting of a law exists with increasing problems for minorities and makes them more vulnerable. There is no concept of forced conversions or marriages in Islam“.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also indicated that his government would not pass anti-Islamic lawbut they. together with the provincial governments, the National Assembly Speaker and the Prime Minister’s Office can take other measures to address the problem.

In addition, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat-e-Islami denied that the problem of forced conversions existed in Pakistan. “This Bill is Islamophobic“, he claimed.

Legislator of the Minority communities took to the streets to protest for this decision.

The statement prohibited forced conversion of persons belonging to a religious minority. A non-Muslim who was not a child and was able and willing to convert to another religion must apply for a certificate of conversion from an additional court judge in the city or district in which he is resident.

They must provide a document stating their religion, age, gender and details of their parents or spouses. It should also state the reason for the conversion.

In the event that a forced conversion was found, the bill also saw a penalty of. before 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 for offenders, and a fine of Rs100,000 and / or three to five years in prison for the accomplices.

The rejection of the bill directly contradicts the Pakistani Constitution, Article 20, which prohibits forced conversions.

These forced changes concern young Christian and Hindu girls from religious minorities.

Every year around 1,000 Christian and Hindu underage girls are captured, converted to Islam and forcibly married to mature men. Those who manage to escape witness rape, total submission, even torture and forced prostitution.


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