child live with her family after undergoing a traumatic experience that
has scarred her for life.
What changes is the intensity of the violence and
institutionalized deception minorities are made to endure, often with
the state’s acknowledgement, in the Islamic country.
The latest victim of Pakistan’s time-tested practice of
abduct-rape-convert is Leylan Kohli, a minor Hindu girl. In a video
shared widely on social media, the rescued victim alleges that she was
abducted and mass-raped for four days by a Muslim named Mohammad Tanveer
and his accomplices. The ghastly incident took place in the Sindh
province of Pakistan, allegedly in Kot Ghulam Muhammad. Appallingly, the
police have neither filed a case nor taken any action against the
The horror for this Hindu family is far from over. While the rapists
are moving about freely, Leylan and her family are living in the
constant danger of being attacked by the perpetrators. The culprits
demand that Laylen be handed over to them. They assert that she recited
the Kalima during her rape, and by virtue of having done so, she is now a
converted Muslim. She thus cannot return and live with her “kafir”
is collective name for the six Islamic phrases that reflect the
foundational beliefs of Islam, including the Islamic profession of
faith. They are taught and recited reverently by Muslims in South Asian
countries. When someone converts from another religion to Islam, he or
she is made to recite these phrases.
As per reports, while raping the minor, one of the accused thought it would be a good idea to carry out dawah
(Islamic proselytization) on her concurrently, and forced her to recite
the religious phrases. So now, by the virtue of reciting these
supposedly holy and divine words while being molested, Leylan is a
Muslim. She must relinquish all ties with her family and be given over
to those who abducted her and put her through a prolonged painful and
Among the many dangers that lurk for this child and her hapless
family, one is that a powerful mullah (Muslim cleric) will be brought
onto the scene and order that the girl be taken away from her family.
Having “converted” to the one true faith of Islam, Leylan cannot go back
to Hinduism, “a false religion,” because that would be considered
apostasy, which invites a death sentence, as per Sharia rules. Who would
want to take chances with death?
Girls from the minority community who were abducted and molested by
Muslim men in Pakistan have rarely been given justice; their
perpetrators have often gone scot-free. The lives of such girls and
their families turn hellish. It would not be incorrect to say that they
pay the penalty for the wrongs done to them. There is no worldwide
condemnation, because global institutions are busy painting a picture of
“poor, oppressed Muslims” for the world to see and sympathize with.
It is doubtful that the Pakistani system will rescue this girl. What
is worse is the possibility of her being taken to some kind of women’s
rehabilitation centre while the authorities “investigate” the crime.
Reportedly, victims are not allowed to meet their families once they are
taken to such homes, and are further threatened with dire consequences.
The only option presented to them is that they state that their
conversion was consensual, or else they will be put through more
violence. Traumatized and scared, they admit to the rapist’s version of
the story in court. 12-year-old Kajal Bheel from Sindh, Pakistan, among
others, has lived through this nightmare.With the odds of any kind of legal relief for Leylan and her family
appearing slim, at very least they desire to be left alone.