The Akal Takht and Sikh community leaders requested the adoption of an anti-conversion law in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Sunday, following two incidences of the alleged kidnapping and forcible conversion of Sikh girls in Srinagar on Saturday (MP).
According to sources, a 62-year old man who was already married allegedly performed nikah (marriage) with a Sikh girl, 18, after kidnapping her at gunpoint in Srinagar’s Rainawari neighborhood. Parents stated that their daughter was mentally ill. The girl’s family said their daughter went missing on Monday, and J&K police guaranteed them that she would be found within 36 hours.
The girl and the old man’s family were taken to the Srinagar high court on Saturday. By the evening, it had been learned that the court had deemed the marriage genuine and had given the girl’s custody to the old man’s family. The Sikh girl’s parents claimed that they were not permitted to join the courtroom and that their voices were not heard. On Saturday night, Srinagar’s Sikh community held a candlelight vigil. At 10.30 p.m., the parents were finally permitted to meet their daughter.
According to sources in Kashmir, the second Sikh girl was from Srinagar’s Mehjoor Nagar, and she went missing after attending a Muslim friend’s party. Sources claimed that the girl was forcibly married to a boy attending the same function.
DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa led a Sikh group to Kashmir on Sunday morning and held a meeting with the Sikh community there. Sirsa, accompanied by roughly 200 Sikhs, led a protest through Srinagar’s streets, demanding punishment against those who reportedly wedded the little girl to the elderly man.