Delegation of Sikh leaders satisfies MoS G Kishan Reddy over alleged forced conversions in J&K

Kishan Reddy

< img src ="https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/indiatoday/images/story/202106/Kishan_Reddy-647x363.png?xzHv_v14VnBkUFcapcqBmx0HTAqITYKZ"class=" ff-og-image-inserted "/ > A delegation of Sikh leaders satisfied Minister of State (House)G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday to talk about the alleged forced conversion of Sikh women in Kashmir. Among the members of the delegation was RP Singh, previous BJP MLA from Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar.

In a tweet, the workplace of MoS G Kishan Reddy said the delegation likewise sent a memorandum in this regard to the junior minister.

The meeting comes less than 24 hr after members of the Sikh neighborhood staged protests in parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) also participated in the presentations.

President of DSGMC, Manjinder Singh Sirsa said a delegation is likely to use up the matter with Union House Minister Amit Shah in the coming days.

“Delegation has come here to send a representation to Federal government of India. The forced conversion and wedding event of Sikh women in Kashmir is incorrect and delegation has submitted memorandum over it. I will discuss this with Union Home Minister, relating to the action that requires to be taken,” said G Kishan Reddy.

J&K LG assures Sikh leaders of action

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and president of the DSGMC, Manjinder Singh Sirsa met J&K LG Manoj Sinha on Monday to talk about the matter. Sirsa handed over a memorandum to the LG, demanding a minority commission in Jammu and Kashmir and application of the inter-religious marital relationship Act.

District Commissioner (Kashmir) Pandurang Pole, IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar and SSP (Srinagar) Sandeep Chaudhary were also present during the meeting.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha ensured Sirsa and the others that their demands would be taken into account.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa later on told India Today TV, “Entire infrastructure is with the regional bulk community, household states were not allowed to even participate in the court premises during the hearing while male’s household was present.”

“We are dissatisfied with the silence of regional Muslims. Throughout protests and pandemic in 2015, Sikhs assisted Kashmiri ladies securely go back to their house. Today, we find no assistance from their side,” he added.

What does the law say?

The legal age for marital relationship for ladies in India is 18, while the same for boys is 21.

A comparable case had emerged from Kerala in 2018. The Supreme Court had ruled in the case that liberty to select the religion of one’s option or life partner was at the heart of Indian plurality.

A bench of the SC, while setting aside the Kerala High Court’s judgement, had annulled the marriage of 24-year-old Hadiya (alias Akhila) to Shafin Jahan.

Published at Tue, 29 Jun 2021 12:45:37 +0000