Sikh Girl who was kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan rescued; 8 Arrested

A Pakistan-based Sikh girl, missing for several days, was allegedly abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man in Nankana Sahib area of Lahore was released following intense protest over the issue. The victim Jagjit Kaur, found after a video surfaced showing her forcible conversion and being renamed as ‘Ayesha’ today returned home to join her family, sources said.

In a horrifying case of religious conversion in Pakistan, the girl, identified as 19-year old Jagjit Kaur, was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry a Muslim man in Pakistan. The incident came to light on Thursday after a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA, Manjinder Singh Sirsa shared a video of the girl’s family alleging that the girl was kidnapped and forcefully converted.

The incident had drawn the attention of Sikhs worldwide and sparked anger in the community. The girl’s father, identified as Bhagwan Singh, is a ”granthi” (priest) at Gurudwara Tambu Sahib. The kin of the girl later appealed to PM Modi, External Affairs minister S Jaishankar and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to take up the case at the earliest.

Police have arrested eight people in connection with the incident.

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