Seized by an influential Muslim, with the “political cover” of an elected official, 19 year old Rinkel Kumari launches a desperate appeal to the courts. “Justice is denied Hindus in Pakistan” and therefore asks to” kill me here “in the courtroom. The family, after reporting to police, forced to leave the village in Sindh. Each year there are 300 forced marriages and conversions
Islamabad (AsiaNews) – “In Pakistan there is justice only for Muslims, justice is denied Hindus. Kill me here, now, in court. But do not send me back to the Darul-Aman [Koranic school] … kill me”. This is the desperate, heartbreaking outburst of Rinkel Kumari, a Hindu girl aged 19, who has entrusted her heartfelt appeal to the judges of the Supreme Court in Islamabad. Her story is similar to that of many other young women and girls belonging to religious minorities – Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Ahmadis – kidnapped by extremist groups or individuals, most of the time lords or local mafia, which convert them by force and then marry them . And that is what the girl said on 26 March, before the judges of the capital’s court.
The drama of Rinkel Kumari, a student of Mirpur Mathelo, a small village in the province of Sindh, began the evening of February 24: A handful of men seized her and delivered her a few hours later into the hands of a wealthy Muslim scholar, the man then called her parents, warning them that their daughter “wants to convert to Islam.”
Nand Lal, the girl’s father, a teacher of an elementary school, accused Naveed Shah, an influential Muslim, of kidnapping his daughter. The man has the “political cover” provided by Mian Mittho, an elected National Assembly Member, suspected of aiding and abetting. After identifying the perpetrators of the kidnapping of his daughter, he was forced to leave the area of origin to escape the threats of people affiliated with the local mafia. The father found refuge and welcome in Gurdwara in Lahore, in Punjab province, with the rest of his family.
As often happens in these cases, even the judiciary is complicit: a local judge ordered that the girl should be given to the Muslims, because her conversion is “the result of a spontaneous decision” and also stated the marriage was above board. A claim that was repeated on February 27, at the hearing before the court, after which the girl was “renamed” Faryal Shah.
However, the story of Rinkel is not an isolated case: every month between 25 and 30 young people suffer similar abuses, for a yearly total of about 300 conversions and forced marriages. Hindu girls – but also Christian – who are torn from their family and delivered into the hands of their husbands / torturers.
On March 26, she appeared before the judges of the Supreme Court in Islamabad, while the Hindu community waited with bated breath for the girl’s statements in court. To avoid pressure, the presiding judge ordered the courtroom cleared and – later – the dramatic testimony was relayed: in Pakistan, “there is no” justice, “kill me here but do not send me back” to the kidnappers.
Speaking to AsiaNews Fr. Anwar Patras, the Diocese of Rawalpindi, condemned “with force” the kidnapping and forced conversion. “The Hindus in Sindh – adds the priest – live a hard life. The reality is getting harder for them, they are forced to migrate because the state is unable to protect them and their property.
A research team from the Palembang Archaeological Center in South Sumatra recently completed the excavation of historical sites from the Sriwijaya kingdom in Palembang, barely uncovering new remnants of the kingdom, which was at its peak between the 7th and 8th centuries.
Running from Nov. 25 until Dec. 1, the excavation took place at the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum compound in Bukit Siguntang and in Geding Suro, which was believed to have been a residential area during the Sriwijaya kingdom. About Sri Wijaya Kingdom
Palembang Archeological Center excavation team leader Budi Wiyana said he regretted the time constraint that had prevented the team discovering more.
“Our excavation only reached 1.8 meters deep because we were hindered by the time limitation and the rain. While we needed to dig 3 to 4 meters for research on Sriwijaya. This research should continue because we have not found significant data,” he told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Friday.
During the excavation, the team discovered the remains of a stupa structure on the surface in Bukit Siguntang. They also discovered artifacts from the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate in the form of pottery, coins and animal bones.
The artifacts were estimated to date back to the 18th century, during the heyday of the Islamic kingdom. The team also found a brick arrangement resembling a building foundation, which, according to researchers, was part of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate palace.
The palace was razed by the Dutch colonial administration, which occupied Palembang. Remnants of the palace include an ulin, or ironwood, timber beam that was part of the palace structure.
Budi said research on the Sriwijaya kingdom in Palembang had not been carried out for a long time due to limited funding. The South Sumatra provincial administration disbursed about Rp 200 million (US$16,262) for this year’s research, which also involved Palembang’s Raden Fatah State Islamic University students.
“The last research was conducted in 2006, and it could only resume this year,” Budi said, adding that he would report the excavation findings to governor Alex Noerdin.
He said he had sent four samples of wood and two of charcoal to the National Nuclear Energy Agency in Jakarta on Friday as his team did not have the proper equipment to analyze them.
South Sumatra provincial administration People’s Welfare Affairs assistant Akhmad Najib said the funds had just been a beginning and further funding would be provided to further excavate the remnants of the Sriwijaya kingdom.
“The Sriwijaya kingdom is a national asset which must be preserved and maintained as a national heritage, it is priceless for the present,” he said.
According to Budi, the research would not be limited to the heritage of the Sriwijaya kingdom as previously archeologists had also found remnants of a nipa palm fruit believed to date back 3,500 years.
“The Sriwijaya kingdom did not appear suddenly. There must be dynamics before it was founded,” said Budi.
“Ram se yudh karne wale Ravan ko logon ne maf nahi kiya toh Ram mandir todne wale Babar aur uske samarthakon ko log kaise maf karenge,” – Nazneen Ansari ( President Muslim Mahila Foundation )
(When people did not forgive Ravana for fighting with Ram, how could they forgive the Ram Mandir destroyer Babar and his supporters), wondered Nazneen. Describing Babar as Mongol invader, she wrote that his ancestor Halaku killed thousands of Muslims and Khalifa in Baghdad in 1258, and Babar sowed the seeds of hatred by destroying Ram Mamdir in 1528. “Everybody know that the Indian Muslims have no connect with Mongols,” she said adding that those who oppose the construction of temple really are not well wisher of Muslims.
She further added , “Yadi Musalman apni tarakki chahate hain aur Hinduon se ijjat chahate hain to Ram janmbhoomi par mandir nirman ke liye pahal kare kyonki duniya janti hai Ayodhya Sri Ram ki hai,”
(If Muslims want prosperity and respect from Hindus they should come forward to build the temple at the birthplace of Ram, as all know that Ayodhya belongs to Sri Ram). The construction of temple would be the permanent solution of ending the hatred between the two communities. The BAP president Najma Parveen said that time has come when Muslims should present an example of communal harmony by contributing their share to the construction of Ram Mandir. “No one can play with the sentiment of crores of Hindus attached with Ram,” she said. – Source Times of India
While crores of Hindus across the world have faith that Sri Rama was born in Ayodhya, it required the Allahabad High court to pass a Judgement that a temple existed in that site where the Babri masjid was built. Decades of excavations and the report of Archaeological survey of India proved without doubt that Babar had a nefarious interest in constructing the Masjid by destroying the temple, just as the Muslim invaders destroyed thousands of other temples. Read Hindu Temples What Happened to Them
Bharat has progressed but the leaders of the Muslim communities refuse to allow the muslims to get integrated into mainstream. It is clear that this to retain their control and power. Enlightened Muslims like Nazneen see through this game and are slowly speaking out. We can only hope that the Muslim youth heed to her advise instead of toeing the line that their prior generations have.
Jhalkaribai (November 22, 1830 – 1858) was an Bharatiya woman soldier who played an important role in the war of 1857 during the battle of Jhansi. She was a soldier in the women’s army of Queen Laxmibai of Jhansi.
Jhalkaribai was daughter of a Sadoba Singh, and Jamuna Devi and belonged to Julahi community (weavers community). She was born on November 22, 1830 in Bhojla village near Jhansi. After the death of her mother, when she was very young, her father raised her like a boy. She was trained in horse-riding and using weapons. She soon became well-trained as a warrior. She killed a leopard in the forest with a stick she used to herd cattle.
Jhalkaribai bore resemblance to Rani Laxmibai. She married an artilleryman, Puran Singh, from the artillery unit of Rani Laxmibai. Jhalkaribai was introduced to the queen by Puran Singh. She joined her. After joining the army, she gained further expertise in all aspects of warfare.
During the Rebellion of 1857, General Hugh Rose attacked Jhansi with a large army on 23 March 1858. The queen valiantly faced the army with 4000 of her troops in her fort. She waited for relief from Peshwa’s army camping at Kalpi but it did not come because Tatya Tope was defeated by Rose. Meanwhile Dulha ju, incharge of Orcha Gate made pact with English and opened doors of Jhansi for English Army. The English Army rushed through and amidst this mayhem, Rani, on advice of her Courtier escaped through Bhanderi Gate with heavy fighting and casualties. On hearing escape,Jhalkaribai thought of a plan to confuse Gen Rose. Jhalkaribai set out for General Rose’s camp in disguise as the queen and declared herself to be the queen Laxmibai. This led to a confusion that continued for a day and she was released only after it was revealed that she was not the queen.