At a time when the world is fighting the deadly COVID-19, minority Hindus in Pakistan continue to face religious persecution.
Two underage Hindu girls have been kidnapped by the brother of an influential local politician in Sindh province while the victims' family is under constant threat to life.
In a video, the victims' family claimed justice after their minor daughters – Suthi and Shama – were kidnapped by the brother of Pir Faisal Shah Jeelani, a member of the National Assembly.
A family member said that Hindu minorities in Sindh continue to be persecuted and fear that girls will be converted to Islam.
He said, "Minorities here are being persecuted. They have kidnapped our daughters. We are not doing justice and we are constantly atrocities. The brother of a member of the National Assembly (MNA) Pir Fasil Shah Jeelani threatens to be kidnapped if we complain about Hindu minorities are exposed to threats. We cannot face this torture and want to move out of Sindh. "
The family also said that the police did not help the victims, but deliberately took no action due to the influence of the politician.
"The police don't cooperate with us. They took us to court, but they didn't bring the victims before the judge. The police also favor the guilty," said a family member.
Countless incidents have been reported from Sindh province and other parts of Pakistan, where Muslims have violently kidnapped underage Hindu girls for marriage and converted to Islam.
These incidents are reported to have occurred without the consent of the girls' family.
According to the 1998 census, Hindus make up 1.85 percent of the Pakistani population. The list of atrocities against Hindus includes forced conversions, forced kidnapping of young girls, lack of voting rights, and desecration of places of worship, to name but a few.
However, the most barbaric of these monstrosities is the forced kidnapping of young Hindu girls.
The Global Human Rights Defense (GHRD) estimates that more than 1,000 Hindu and Christian girls are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam each year.
The Pakistani Human Rights Commission (HRCP) has estimated that around 25 girls are kidnapped each month.