Kidnapped, Forced to Convert to Islam and Married to a Muslim – Sad Story of Rinkle Kumari

Sindh has been known for its Sufi culture which has kept pushing the extremism off its borders. It has in it several shrines, religious harmony, coexistence and tolerance, not to mention the centuries-old civilization, Mohen-jo-Darro. Sindhis have always claimed to have secularism and Sufism to be present as if in their gene and, thus, they wouldn’t ever side with religious intolerance and extremism.

Well, this is true to a great extent since we can see that where Pakistan has seen surge in extremism throughout the post-9/11 period, Sindh has remained comparatively more peaceful and, especially, incidents of extremist activities have been equal to none. There definitely was an incident of burning NATO oil tankers in Shikarpur, Sindh, but the same was condemned by the Sindhi nationalist parties attributing the incident to the agencies trying to tarnish the soft image of Sindh; in fact, there were massive protests against the blazing up of the oil tankers throughout the land.

Sindh has been home to many religions, all coexisting peacefully. However, there have been certain incidents which would reveal the nature of the ‘rare’.

Bhagat Kunwar Ram (Photo by

One such event which took place on the unfortunate day of November 02, 1939, which blotted the humane face of Sindh, was when a saintly Sufi singer and poet of humble and peace-loving nature, Bhagat Kunwar Ram was murdered at Rukk Station, Sukkur (Sindh) in the name of religion – for being a Hindu.

The person booked as the major perpetrator in the murder was Mian Abdur-Rahim of Bharchundi Dargah, a religious center in a small village of the same name. Bhrarchundi Dargah is famous for spreading hatred against the Hindus, and converting them to Islam forcibly for years now.

Thus, to many in Sindh, this news did not come as a surprise, but it did disturb them to come out on roads and protest against the Pirs of Bharchundi — what happened was that Rinkle Kumari, a Hindu teenage girl, was kidnapped on February 24, 2012, forced to convert to Islam and, subsequently, marry a Muslim boy, Naveed Shah (a Punjabi settler). And the person involved is none else than a Pir of Bharchundi Dargah, Mian Abdul Haq (popularly known as Mian Mithoo), the son of Mian Abdur-Rehman, the major perpetrator in the case of Bhagat Kunwar Ram’s murder in the past. Mian Mithoo also happens to be an MNA of the Pakistan People’s Party, the ruling party.

Mian Mithoo, MNA-PPP (Photo:

Before the news of her being in the custody of the Bharchundi Pirs, a First Information Report, number 2012/12 was lodged at the Mirpur Mathelo Police Station by the girl’s uncle, Daya Ram.

The same day at noon, the relatives of the girl are informed through a phone-call that their girl was in their custody, and that she had embraced Islam and married Naveed Shah. It was an invitation for her relatives to go to Bharchundi and meet her if they wished to. But the people familiar with the Dargah’s culture knew what it would mean if the Hindu relatives went there.

With a series of events, the matter is taken to the court where the girl demands to go with her family – to this, Mian Mithoo is said to have slapped the girl in the courtroom full of spectators. She made it clear that she did not want to convert to Islam and marry the boy, but, in fact, she was kidnapped and being forced into doing so.

Rinkle Kumari (Photo: Internet)

Before this event could occur, there were armed groups all around the court from Bharchundi’s side which, definitely, were there to make their force be loud and visible, and to affect the court’s decision. Familiar with the power of the Bharchundi Dargah, the Civil Judge gave the verdict in their favor in literally no time and allowed them to take the girl with them.

And the Muslims go back celebrating as though they had conquered any fortress, or the Somnath Temple (borrowing words from Asad Chandio, who is being threatened for writing this article against Bharchundi Pirs).

However, the secular civil society and nationalists of Sindh started protests throughout Sindh in which not only Hindus, but Muslims, Sikhs and Christians participated equally to voice the unheard voice of Rinkle Kumari. Although the news has been not been highlighted from this perspective in the mainstream media since the story involved religious figures and had the essence of Hindu-Muslim contrast, the social media has played an important role in propagating the struggle and organizing demonstrations, walks, rallies and sit-ins at press clubs, especially, in the major cities of Sindh like Karachi and Hyderabad.

The Sindh High Court Chief Justice, Mushir Alam, has ordered Rinkle Kumari to be produced in the court on March 12, 2012. A major decision is awaited by both the parties.

Till then, the protest must continue against this utter violation of human rights by the Dargah of Bharchundi, which has a history of such criminal acts.

Protest at the Karachi Press Club (March 04, 2012) - Photo by the author | Complete album can be found here:

Silence of the women’s and human rights activists in this regard is sinning. It has left many like me alarmed that, even after much pinging on the social media accounts of the so-called human rights activists, not a single word of condemnation has come out of their blogs, social media profiles.

A friend on Facebook had status which said (Translated from Sindhi): “Mian Mithoo can harass a helpless, poor girl to say whatever he likes! Let us give this Pir of Bharchundi (alone) to the men of Bal Thackeray and he would convert (to Hinduism) in no time! (sic)

18 thoughts on “Kidnapped, Forced to Convert to Islam and Married to a Muslim – Sad Story of Rinkle Kumari

  1. Kanwal Sindhi

    its not true that Sindh has no more mosaic or mystic traditions, neither Bharchundi Sharif is rendering such services as to forcefully converting Hindus to Islam, this is absolutely against the truth. The case of Rinkle kumari is never such a unique nor its of that category, I personally saw and listened her, I assuredly say that no Muslim can ever forcefully kidnap a girl and covert her to Islam, nevertheless, the suffocated society is never ready to accept such things as love and love-marriage as has done Rinkle Kumari. Hundreds of such cases of Muslim girls who leave their homes, parents and society to have a love marriage, no Hindu in such cases is vocative to say that this is kidnapping, whereas Rinkle Kumari, though rare in Hindu society, decided to have love marriage is never a sky-falling disaster, it happens in hundreds and thousands in Muslim society all over the province, for proof plz read daily sindhi newspapers…., U cant call it like the case of Hindu girl, plz be sensible and think in positive direction….

    1. Sanjay Panwar

      we always accept to Sindhi Sufism and take part of Sindhi culture they hated us as a non force able community if u r talking about love and then why show a scrambled with weapons and force to marriage i know every thing is acceptable in love ,war but that is not true , its not 1st occasion with minority try to understand, every one know that truth. we will fight for rights always always…………………………

      1. Abid Hussain

        کنول بھی اپنی جگہ ٹھیک کہتی ھیں، اور سنجے بھی،
         مگر یہ حقیقت ہے کہ اقلیتی  محفوظ نھیں ھیں۔
         میرپورخاص میں آئے دن کوئی نیا واپاری اغوا ہوجاتا ہے
         اور ان کو روکنے پے سبکو مارنے کی دھمکیاں ملتی ہیں،
         جو کہتا ہے ایسا نھیں ہے وہ ٹھیک کہتا ہے
         کیوںکہ اس نے جتنا سنا اتنا کہا مگر کئی ایسے قصے 
         جن کو میڈیا تک آنے سے پہلے ہی دفن کر دیا گیا ہے
         یہ تو طاقت کے زور پر یا تو مار کر یہ انسانیت کے نام پر سراسر ظلم ہے 
        ایسا نھیں ہونا چاہیے ہم امید کرتے ہین کہ اس بات پر جلد عمل ہوگا اور اقلیتی محفوظ ہونگے۔

      2. Puneet

        Sufism is a sham. It’s a sugarcoated version of Islam. It will never be able to nullify the poison of Islam. The only solution for humanity is to reject Islam altogether.

  2. s.k.punshi

    theb minorities in pakistan are unsafe . the whole resonsiblity falls oon the govt. to protect the rights of minorietes. but ithink the govt. of pakistan is a silent spectator.. the minorieties in pakistan should uinte to face this menance of religious in tolerence and forcible conversion to islam. is a curse -right from the days of mohd -bin-qasim-to today. the hindus, sikhs,, christians and other minorieties in pakistan should make aunited frott to fight this cruality with democrtically, world govts, u.. n.o. and human-rights commissions and others should help to get back rinkle kumari-to weeping and worried parents.. meanwhile the all hindu organisations all oer the world should condenm and suppor -rinkole kumari’s-cause- lanat on this -ZULMI- PERSON.- DR.S.K.PUNSHI , AMRAVATI. -ITHINK SHAH SAHIB HAD ALREADY-PREDICTED IN POEM – THE DETORIATING MORALE OF HIS PEERS -WAYA-SE-WINJHAR-HIRO-LAL-WINDHEEN-JE, TINHEEN-SANDA-POYAAN-SHIHEY-LAHAN-N-SAR-KUTIN-KUT-LOHAR-TIHEEN-SANDE-BHEDYEN.-SHAH. -THE SINDHI PEERS -SPECIALLY THIS MONSTER, SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS PETRY OF SHAH SAHIB AND BEHAVE IN A HUMAN-WAY, GOD SHALL LANAT ON SUCH PEOPLE. Ddr.s,.k.punshi-amravati

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  4. Abid Hussain

    کنول بھی اپنی جگہ ٹھیک کہتی ھیں، اور سنجے بھی، مگر یہ حقیقت ہے کہ اقلیتی  محفوظ نھیں ھیں۔ میرپورخاص میں آئے دن کوئی نیا واپاری اغوا ہوجاتا ہے اور ان کو روکنے پے سبکو مارنے کی دھمکیاں ملتی ہیں، جو کہتا ہے ایسا نھیں ہے وہ ٹھیک کہتا ہے کیوںکہ اس نے جتنا سنا اتنا کہا مگر کئی ایسے قصے ہیں جن کو میڈیا تک آنے سے پہلے ہی دفن کر دیا گیا ہے یہ تو طاقت کے زور پر یا تو مار کر یہ انسانیت کے نام پر سراسر ظلم ہے ایسا نھیں ہونا چاہیے ہم امید کرتے ہین کہ اس بات پر جلد عمل ہوگا اور اقلیتی محفوظ ہونگے۔

  5. Puneet

    This is because Islam allows non-consensual sex with non-Muslim women

    From Quran:
    Qur’an (4:24) – “And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” Allah even permitted Muhammad and his men to have sex with married slaves, such as those captured in battle.

    Qur’an (23:5-6) – “..who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess…” This verse permits the slave-owner to have sex with his slaves.

    Qur’an (33:50) – “O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee” .

    Qur’an (70:29-30). “And those who guard their private parts. Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they are not to be blamed -”

    From Hadiths:
    Bukhari 3.34.432: “Narrated Abu Saeed Al-Khudri: that while he was sitting with Allâh’s Apostle he said, “O Allâh’s Apostle! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?” The Prophet said, “Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allâh has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.”

    Islam has to be eradicated for Pakistan to prosper. Pakistanis should reject barbarism of Islam and go back to their ancient civilized culture of Hinduism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism.

      1. Puneet

        Why do you think that I worship monkeys and elephants? I do not worship them. Whether I believe in god or not, it’s my personal matter.
        I have no problem with anyone worshiping stones, air, water, wood, animals, planet, ancestors; believing in fairy tales etc unless their beliefs cause harm to others. Islam is one such belief. Islam has brought incalculable misery in this world. It has killed 270 million people.

        Your Zakir Naik is been running away from Pt. Mahendra Pal Arya and Ali Sina.
        All Muslim countries have blocked faithfreedom international website and ali sina’s personal blog. This shows the strength of lies.

      2. Truth

        rehan Is the truth hurting ?
        you worshipping whom the camel urine drinker.. the pedhophile a rapist and self proclaim prophet who said women should be used sex slaves and war booty !

  6. sonu

    dont fight with each others.As religion is the personal matter.EVERY BODY SHOULD RESPECT EACH OTHERS VALUES and Faith
    As far as Rinkel`s case is concerned,it is not new in Sindh or in pakistan.Here such a Barbaric person like Mian mithoo who has converted hundreds of non muslims into muslims forcibly or by love jihad.Terrific thing is that 95 % females are befooled and forcibly converted and after some time are being sold like slaves and for preferablly prostitution.As it is endorsed by Famous Columinst NAJAM SETHI in AAPIS KI BAAT PROGRAME.Truth can not be hide for longer period.Truth has to come out.History is full of how non muslims were converted

  7. Arjun Kumar

    we can expect only from this from MUSLIMS,islam permit them to marry a non muslim girl this is the great mistake of islam that mostly girls are forced to accept islam jst 4 the sake of SEX.

  8. vivek

    What I feel is that any hindu is not safe there in pakistan so they must vacant that so called paki country and save their lives as soon as possible

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