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Commission Directs Police To Modify Methods Of Probing Minority Girls' Forced Conversions, Marriages
Faizan Hashmi 8 days ago Sun 21st February 2021 | 03:30 PM
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Feb, 2021 ) :The Chaiman one-man Commission on Implementation of Minorities Rights, constituted by the Supreme Court, has directed the Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) of all the provinces to modify investigation patterns and official hierarchy leading investigation process in the matter of forced conversions and marriages of minority girls.
Commission head Dr Shoaib Suddle chaired a meeting of the Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) of all the provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and Additional IGP from Islamabad Capital Territory Police to review the matters pertaining to forced conversions and marriages of non-Muslim girls, and implementation of paragraph 37 of the SC's Minority Rights Judgement in the suo motu case (SMC) 1 of 2014.
Dr Suddle said the forced conversions of religion and marriages were mostly taking place with Hindu and Christian girls in Punjab and Sindh, which were damaging the country's image at the global level.
A foolproof mechanism should be devised to ensure proper age determination of the victim girls, he stressed.
He said in case of forced marriages, there should be thorough investigation to verify whether the girls had given their consent willingly or through coercion.
Dr Suddle also directed the police high-ups to take steps for curbing hate speech and material related to minorities, filling vacant positions on minorities' quota in their respective departments, and raising a dedicated force in their domains for the protection of minorities' religious places.