Srinagar, July o4: In the recent incident which alleged forcible marriage and conversion of a few Sikh girls to Islam in Kashmir, Chairman APSCC Jagmohan Singh Raina said there were no forced conversions and demanded implementation of the Inter Caste Marriage Act and Anti-Conversion Law in J&K.
Talking about the ongoing anti-conversion row Jagmohan Singh Raina said, “it is a very sensitive issue and it needs a probe. The statements which are coming from both sides are contradictory, we don’t know what to believe and what no to and more over Kashmir being a sensitive place politics is being played.”
Recently, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa alleged that four Sikh women were forcibly married and converted to Islam in Kashmir recently and demanded that they be returned to their families as well as a law against forced religious conversions.
Denying all forced conversions Jagmohan Singh Raina said, “There are no forced conversions here. Absolutely, nothing like that. We all saw the videos which surfaced on the internet in which it is clearly said by the girl that she married the Muslim guy out of her own will and no force was used to make her do this”.
Alleging some sources of spreading misinformation and maligning the facts Jagmohan Singh Raina said, “We don’t want to talk politics. It’s no one’s vote bank. They wanted the Delhi, Punjab and UP fight to take place in Kashmir. We won’t allow it.”
Asserting on the Inter Caste Marriage Act and anti-conversion law implementation in the state, Jagmohan Singh Raina said, “It’s for everyone’s betterment. I’m not here talking about the Sikhs only, its beneficial for the Muslim Community also. There have been so many instances and even the data shows that majority of the Muslim girls are unable to find a suitable groom as the Muslim boys bring brides from outside the state from a different community and religion which makes it hard for the girls to get married at the right age.”
“The Sikhs and Muslims have been living in peace and harmony since ages and we want that communal harmony and brotherhood should continue and the implementation of the law will help in that, Jagmohan Singh Raina added.”