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I do not want to convert, will stay with parents: minor Pakistan Hindu girl | Amritsar News

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AMRITSAR: Mehak, a 15-year-old Hindu girl from Pakistan, withdrew on Thursday from her previous statement and told a local court that she did not want to live with the Muslim man Ali Raza Machi, with whom he had married, nor wanted to embrace the Islam. She begged to be sent back to her parents’ house and allowed to practice Hinduism.

Mehak’s lawyer, Rajesh Naraindas Kapoor, told TOI by phone from Pakistan that Jacobabad’s second additional judge, Gulam Ali Kansaro, recorded his statement in his chamber “since a large number of maulvis were present inside and outside the cut”.

After appearing in court on Thursday, he said that Mehak told the court that it was in error that he had recorded his previous statement in court on January 21, in which he had declared that he had embraced Islam and had married Ali Race own will.

“Mehak told the court that he did not embrace Islam and that he did not want to live with Raza. He said he wanted to go to his parents’ house and practice his religion,” Kapoor said. The lawyer said she and her family faced threats when she recorded her statement on January 21.

Daughter of one Vijay Kumar, who lives and runs a medical store in the city of Jacobabad in Sindh province in Pakistan, the girl was kidnapped on January 15.

She was allegedly married by force to Raza, which caused outrage among the Hindu community. Several liberal Muslim groups also joined the minority community to conduct a protest march demanding the restoration of the girl to her parents.

By order of the court, the Mehak ossification test was performed, which determined that his age was only 15 years and eight months. Kapoor said she was sent back to Dar-ul-Aman in Larkana and that the court will issue her verdict on the matter on Friday.

He said the court had also videotaped the girl’s statement to avoid any confusion in the future.

Times of India

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