Faryal Bibi addresses a press conference with her husband at Karachi Press Club
Faryal Bibi addresses a press conference with her husband at Karachi Press Club -File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the federal government pertaining to the law addressing the issue of forced conversions, DawnNews reported.

The apex court also issued release orders for the three newly-converted Muslim girls.

A three-member bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez heard the case pertaining to the alleged forced conversion of the three girls from the Hindu religious community.

The bench declared that the three — Faryal Bibi (Rinkle Kumari), Hafsa Bibi (Dr Lata) and Haleema Bibi (Asha Kumari) — were free to take up any religion that they wanted and that they were also free to decide about their future.

Ordering law enforcement agencies to provide security to the three, the bench said they were old enough to decide for themselves.

Earlier, the apex court had allowed Faryal and Hafsa to stay at a shelterhome in Karachi for a period of three weeks enabling them to make an independent decision for their future.

The girls' parents had claimed that they had been kidnapped, forcefully converted and married. However, addressing a press conference, Faryal had said that she had not been forced by anyone to change her religion. She liked the teachings of Islam and therefore converted and married Naveed Shah of her own will.

Opinion

Editorial

X post facto
Updated 19 Apr, 2024

X post facto

Our decision-makers should realise the harm they are causing.
Insufficient inquiry
19 Apr, 2024

Insufficient inquiry

UNLESS the state is honest about the mistakes its functionaries have made, we will be doomed to repeat our follies....
Melting glaciers
19 Apr, 2024

Melting glaciers

AFTER several rain-related deaths in KP in recent days, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has sprung into...
IMF’s projections
Updated 18 Apr, 2024

IMF’s projections

The problems are well-known and the country is aware of what is needed to stabilise the economy; the challenge is follow-through and implementation.
Hepatitis crisis
18 Apr, 2024

Hepatitis crisis

THE sheer scale of the crisis is staggering. A new WHO report flags Pakistan as the country with the highest number...
Never-ending suffering
18 Apr, 2024

Never-ending suffering

OVER the weekend, the world witnessed an intense spectacle when Iran launched its drone-and-missile barrage against...