HRCP Delegation calls on Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

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Karachi (December 24, 2016): Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has expressed deep concern on the media reports of expected return and amendment of Religion Conversion Bill unanimously passed by Sindh Assembly recently. In a meeting with delegation of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Dr Ramesh Kumar said that Sindh Assembly Bill addresses the complaints of non-Muslims against the increasing incidents of abduction and forced conversion of underage minor Hindu girls.

Parshotam Ramani, acting President of Pakistan Hindu Council, Paman Lal, Finance Secretary, and former President Chela Ram Kelwani were also present on the occasion, while the HRCP delegation included Anthony Naveed, Sabir Michael, Seema Mahaeshwary, Asad Iqbal Butt, and others. The delegation also congratulated Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani for receiving National Human Rights Award as an acknowledgement of his struggle for human rights across the country.
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani said that we are not against the conversion of religion of a person as a result of study and preach of that religion but our concerns are associated with the forced conversions. “Why only underage girls from Sindh province are changing religion,” he questioned.

Dr Ramesh Kumar while giving reference of the laws pertaining in different Muslim countries including Malaysia said that a person need to be mature and sensible for taking the most important decision of life of conversion of religion and especially if he/she is going to embrace Islam as there is no option of undo the decision. He said that in Malaysia if underage of 18 years decides to convert his religion, then as a legal obligation consent of parents or guardian is must.
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, while terming the protest of some extremist religious parties unjustified said: “I am inviting all honorable leaders of religious parliamentary parties to come and in person visit the Sindh to get the ground facts about how a peaceful religion Islam is being exploited by some extremist elements for their personal goals, and due to this, sentiments of non-Muslims are continuously hurt.” He was of the view that this entire unwanted situation is resulting in an outrage and traumatized condition for both Muslims and non-Muslims population.

Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani also expressed his concern that if Sindh Assembly accepts the pressure of extremist religious parties and agrees to return or amend the passed bill then it will result not only increase the feeling of insecurity for non-Muslims but Pakistan will face some sort of isolation at international level too. On this occasion Pakistan Hindu Council and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan mutually agreed to design strategies to deal with such undesirable situation in future.

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