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Human Boundaries

By Avnish Thakrar
NHSF (UK) Vice President

On 17th August 2013, approximately 150 people, young and old, gathered outside the Pakistan High Commission in London to protest against the treatment of religious minorities in Pakistan.

According to the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), every month some 20 to 25 girls are forcibly converted to Islam in the Sindh province of Pakistan alone. At the time of partition, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians made 25% of Pakistan’s population; today they only make 2% of the Pakistani population.
For the protection of Hindus and other religious minorities living in Pakistan, NHSF (UK), alongside many other Hindu and interfaith groups, have set up an international vehicle using the NHSF (UK) website by which individuals can sign a petition and send pre written letters to MPs in Pakistan, India, UK and other organisations such as the UN to stand up for the rights of these women. We are raising our voices and requesting four things: 

  • For the Government of Pakistan to implement meaningful constitutional and legal reform to ensure equality and religious freedom for all Pakistanis. 
  • Urge Pakistani officials to enact legislation to protect minorities from abductions and forced conversions. 
  • Implore Pakistan’s government to pass the Hindu Marriage Act without delay, thereby officially recognising Hindu marriages and providing full legal rights to Hindu women. 
  • Government of India to grant Pakistani Hindu refugees asylum or legal status in India, given their fear of persecution if forced to return to Pakistan. 

Alongside this petition, there will be screenings of a short 30 minute film in 11 locations across the UK. This film, entitled Human Boundaries, will highlight the plight of Hindus in Pakistan and the struggles faced by these groups in seeking asylum in India.

For more information on the project please view the Human Boundaries trailer on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_xVpC949gs or contact Chirag Patel, NHSF alumni member at chirag.patel[at]nhsf.org.uk.

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