Targeting Christian and Hindu girls from poor families and low castes has been a practice which is going on for years now. As per
the Pakistani human rights group, in year 2018 only, more than 1000 girls were forcibly converted to Islam. With such track record what impact will the statement of Imran Khan will have, only time will tell.
Incidents of Forced Conversions
As per the Hindus and
Christians of Pakistan there are frequent cases of forced conversions but very few are reported and find a place in the media. In most of the cases family of the victims are paid some money to remain quiet or threatened with dire consequences. In some cases
the abductors have even demanded money from the parents to get their daughters back.
In 2003, a mere six year old girl of
a Sikh family was kidnapped in Northwest Frontier Province and forcibly converted to Islam. She never came back to her parents. In Charsadda,
in 2007, Christian community were asked to convert or be ready to be bombed and killed. It is said that as the Christians refused the dictate, one of the Christian man was raped and killed brutally for refusing to convert.
Worst was the incident of Pasrur, where 57 Hindus decided to convert to keep their job as their Muslim owner was no longer ready to provide them job being non-Muslims. In the same year 14 members of a Hindu family too became the victims in a similar case.