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Sikh advocate in Pak stripped, threatened with conversion

Sikh advocate in Pak stripped, threatened with conversion

Author: Yudhvir Rana
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 29, 2009

A Sikh advocate in Pakistan was reportedly thrashed and threatened with dire consequences recently if he did not convert to Islam, forcing his family to run for safety to a gurdwara in Hassanabdal near Rawalpindi.

While the victim, Anup Singh, was yet to regain consciousness, the incident has left the Sikh community in Pakistan rattled and insecure. Talking to TOI from Islamabad, Anup's brother Ravinder recalled the horror of November 21. "A group of at least eight men kidnapped my brother from his office and took him to Mohammad Amin's residence, where he was stripped and photographed with Amin's wife.''

Undergoing treatment for fractures and severe head injuries in Holy Family Hospital, Ralwalpindi, where doctors said it might take a few months before Anup could start leading a normal life, the advocate was reportedly assaulted for fighting a separation case for Amin's wife, Safina Kanwal. "The goons made my brother sign on a blank paper, after which they cut his hair, beard, moustaches and threatened him to convert to Islam if he wanted to live in Pakistan.''

With police and local administration allegedly refusing to help the victim's family, the lone Sikh family in Pindi Ghaip village, 110 km from Islamabad, was forced to take shelter at Gurdwara Punja Sahib. "My mother, elder brother, three sisters, a sister-in-law and I have left our home fearing more attacks,'' said Ravinder.

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