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Wednesday, June 07, 2023  
18 Dhul-Qadah 1444  

Missing Hindu woman, six children ‘convert’ to Islam in Karachi

Children include three teenage girls and boys as young as four
<p>Radha, 36, and her six children – three daughters and three sons – went missing on May 7. Family PHOTOS</p>

Radha, 36, and her six children – three daughters and three sons – went missing on May 7. Family PHOTOS

Key points

  • Ramji Meghwar, the husband of Radha, 36, reported last week his entire family was missing
  • Local seminary issues conversion certificate
  • The Meghwar community say they still did not know the whereabouts of the Ramji family

A Hindu woman and her six children, including teenage daughters, ‘converted’ to Islam on the day they were reported missing to the police by her husband, according to a certificate of conversion issued by a seminary.

The husband, Ramji Meghwar, came to know about the conversion nine days after his wife Radha, 36; daughters Mira, 16, Pira, 15, and Piya, 14; and sons Amar, 10, Jay Ram, 7, and Gopal, 4, went missing on Sunday, May 7.

Ramji Meghwar lodged an FIR at the Gulbahar Police Station on May 7 saying he lived in the area with his wife and children and found his family missing when he returned from work at around 4:30pm on Sunday.

Gulbahar is a low-income neighbourhood near the Lyari River and is also known as Golimar.

Ramji tried to contact his wife and the eldest daughter on their phones, which, he found switched off.

Radha was employed as domestic help at a house in Clifton, a rich neighbourhood located around 15km from Gulbahar. Rajmi told the police that he inquired after Radha at her workplace but she was not found there as well.

According to the FIR, Ramji said some unknown person or persons had taken away his wife and children after enticing them, with the intent of rape. The FIR has been registered under Section 496-A of the Pakistan Penal Code. The section is titled “Enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a woman”.

Hameer Meghwar, a leader of the Meghwar community, told Aaj News that Ramji informed the community about the disappearance of his wife and children on Monday, May 8, after spending the night trying to find them.

The Meghwar community and Ramji finally learnt about the “conversion” when they received a copy of the conversion certificate issued by Jamia Binoria Aalamia, a well-known seminary in Karachi.

The certificate was issued by the New Muslim Foundation department of the Jamia Binoria Aalamia and it said Radha and her six children had converted to Islam “of their free will” on May 7.

The certificate listed the Hindu and Muslim names of the ‘converts’ and provided the birth dates of the children. It said Radha had been renamed Rida, while Mira had become Fatima. Pira was now Mah Noor, Piya was Nimra. Amar had been renamed as Umar, Jay Ram as Ayan, and Gopal as Zeeshan.

Sindh province has reported multiple cases of forced conversion of Hindu and Christian women in recent years.

 A conversion certificate was issued by the New Muslim Foundation of Jamia Binoria Aalamia
A conversion certificate was issued by the New Muslim Foundation of Jamia Binoria Aalamia

However, speaking to Aaj News, Hameer Meghwar said the Meghwar community did not know who was behind the conversion of Ramji’s wife and children. “We don’t name anyone and we have not raised suspicions about anyone,” he said.

Hameer said Ramji had moved to Karachi with his wife and children from Mirpurkhas town a couple of years ago to improve his income.

This week, other members of his family from Mirpurkhas traveled to Karachi to find and locate Radha and her children but in vain.

The certificate from the New Muslim Foundation of Jamia Binoria Aalamia did not give any clue about the whereabouts of the women and children.

An introduction on the seminary’s website says the New Muslim Foundation “department is founded for the aid of different newly Muslim families and individuals of different part of country or globe. Facilities including food, residence, employment, medical and many more are provided to them without any cost. Hundreds of individuals and families are reverted after getting assurance of this support.”

Aaj News tried to contact the New Muslim Foundation on their phone number but the calls went unanswered.

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Comments are closed on this story.

Feroze May 17, 2023 12:58am
All fake news
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Habib rana May 17, 2023 04:23am
ALHAMDULLAH I m very happy to read this story Because the hole family converted In Islam most well to all family members they are newly converted In Islam
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Bisma May 17, 2023 12:05pm
I hope it's not a forced conversion
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Aftab Ahmad May 17, 2023 08:17pm
This is really foolish. First of all, Islam is a religion of Peace. No one can force someone to become Muslim (Surah Baqara, Verse 256). If anyone forced this family to become Muslim, they need to recheck their own behavior. Second, if this is in retaliation of what is happening in India as Muslims are being forced to denounce Islam, then we should expect more violence as a result of these actions. Finally, how do we even know this is a true incident? What if it is to entice violence from within. And they mention "Free Will". Which child, a minor has any free will? They are not even required to pray until the age of puberty and you say they converted to islam by their free will? Ludicrous. May the Almighty Creator guide us all.
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Shahar May 18, 2023 04:37am
I am a 65 yo Muslim man. I am very sympathetic to the husband father situation. I am very sure he is very very sad. Pls calm down. I hope they are not pressured to convert but I have never heard of any forced conversion. People know that. I have a Hindu 40 yo male friend who converted to Islam 4 years ago AFTER being told to do so by his Hindu mother AFTER being told to do so by his Hindu grandmother! I don't know why they do that, but I suggest you try to do a comparative study in any topics. I really hope you will find your family. Muslims there !... Pls help the man find his family!
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cobra May 18, 2023 07:15am
@Bisma, if not forced ,ok, if not catch d culprits n chop off their hands
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Naz May 18, 2023 09:29am
The only one claiming forced conversions is the one writing the article. Not even the father is saying this.
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Sham May 18, 2023 11:27am
@Bisma, you can't become Muslim by forced conversion then it becomes sinful..
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Yellard May 18, 2023 05:14pm
It's hard to see how the children under ten converted "voluntary"..
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