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Pakistani girl begs court to stop forced conversion and marriage

Catholic World News - March 28, 2012

A 19-year-old Pakistani woman has appealed to the country’s Supreme Court for help, saying that she has been kidnapped, pressured into marriage, and is being forced to convert to Islam.

Rinkel Kumari, who is a Hindu, begged the court not to return her to an Islamic school where she has been detained. “Kill me here, now, in court. But do not send me back,” she pleaded. The young woman’s family said that she had been abducted by a politically powerful Muslim, and that local police had forced him to leave town after he reported the kidnapping.

The case is not terribly unusual in Pakistan, AsiaNews reported. Each year about 300 young women—Christians as well as Hindus—are kidnapped and pressured into religious conversion and arranged marriage.

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