Sikh community members took to the streets of New Delhi on Monday morning to protest against the abduction and alleged forced conversion of 18-year old Jagjit Kaur in Pakistan. The protestors marching towards the Pakistan High Commission intended to send a message to Pakistani PM Imran Khan, demanding his action. As they approached the embassy with black flags and while chanting slogans against Pakistan, the police and the CRPF were forced to halt them from proceeding. At this point, some protestors attempted to break through the barricades but were prevented from doing so.
A few of the protestors have been detained and taken to the police station. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK said, “We demand the safe return of the child. The eight offenders should be arrested and the ethnic cleaning in Pakistan should be banned.” The placards carried by the protestors read, “STOP FORCEFUL CONVERSIONS OF MINORITIES IN PAKISTAN”. The protestors added to their concerns saying that, “We won’t tolerate the ethnic cleansing in Pakistan, a Sikh is the one who liberates the women of other communities. When Mohammad Gazni abducted the Hindu girls, we helped in freeing about 2,500 girls and when it comes to our own daughter, we can’t keep our mouths shut. Jagjit Kaur's distraught parents in Pakistan have threatened to self-immolate over the incident unless action is taken.
Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa took to Twitter to show his angst over the abduction of 18-year of girl Jagjit Kaur in Pakistan’s Nanaka Sahib city. He also spoke to the foreign secretary of India, Vijay Gokhale, regarding this matter. He has called out this incident to be one of the highest forms of harassment on minorities. He also said that many Sikhs living in Pakistan have spoken to him and are scared of the recent events.
It’s not just the story of Jagjit Kaur, Payal Devi or Reno Kumari... it’s the story of hundreds of daughters of Sikhs and Hindus who are living in a fearful environment in Pakistan @ANI @ZeeNews @ZeePunjabHH @republic @TimesNow @thetribunechd @htTweets @ABPNews @News18India https://t.co/eigjBb3s57— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) September 2, 2019
Daughters of minorities are unsafe in Pakistan. They are forced to accept Islam and taken away from their families— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) September 2, 2019
This is highest form of harassment; thankfully @MEAIndia has taken note of it and @AmitShah Ji has assured me of taking concrete action in this regard@ANI @ABPNews pic.twitter.com/OEKX4onJoC