Adopted Islam of my own will: Sikh girl after reports of forced conversion in Pakistan
New Delhi : Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur, who was reported of forced religion conversion in Pakistan ahead of her marriage to a Muslim boy, issued an statement saying that it was her decision to chose Islam.
In her statement, Jagjit Kaur said, "I am an independent individual. I am 19 years old. I contracted marriage with one Muhammad Hassaan on August 28, 2019, of my own free will and consent. My Sikh name was Jagjit Kaur and it was mentioned in an FIR as well whereas after the conversion to Islam, I adopted the new name Ayesha."
"Neither anybody abducted me nor committed zina [Islamic legal term meaning illicit sexual relations] with me. I left my parent's house with three pairs of clothes, without any gold ornaments or cash. The accused persons in the FIR are innocent. The story narrated in the FIR is false, frivolous and baseless."
Her family had been alleging that she was abducted and forcefully converted to Islam. On the other hand, Jagjit Kaur has filed a case in Lahore High Court accusing her family of giving her death threats.
While her family have reported that they are getting threats to take back the FIR. "We are being threatened to take back the FIR. I demand [Pakistan] Prime Minister Imran Khan and Governor of Punjab to get Jagjit Kaur back to us. If our demands are not met, we will immolate ourselves outside the Governor house in Lahore on August 31, 2019," Jagjit Kaur's family said.
Jagjit Kaur is currently housed in Darul Aman, a shelter home for females in Lahore.