‘Harassment’ of Sikh girl: High level Sikh delegation meets Guv, seeks action against culprits

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SRINAGAR: A high level delegation led by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK and General Secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Fridaymet J&K Governor N N Vohra and took up the issue of “attempt to forceful conversion” of a Sikh girl from Tral and other problems being faced by Sikhs residing in the state.
An official statement issued here said the delegation apprised the Governor that “how an incident of forceful conversion of a Sikh minority woman of village Gadpura, Tral, has happened”, and urged him that necessary stringent steps should be taken for the safety of minority community and their fundamental rights in the state.
It also informed him that the DSGMC has decided to bear the expenses of education of the said girl and will also provide any help required by the family. The Governor was also told that it was fault of Vice Chancellor (IUST) who failed to take action on the complaints of victim girl and her father against the culprits, the statement said.
Talking to media after the meeting, Manjit Singh GK and Manjinder Singh Sirsa disclosed that they have apprised the governor about the social, economic and political condition of the Sikh community living in Jammu & Kashmir and migrated Sikhs from Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
The delegation also informed the Governor that the economic condition of Sikh community in J&K is “very deplorable” and that they are considered to be “B-class” citizens as they have no say/representation in J&K Assembly.
After giving a patient hearing to the delegation, Governor directed the state DGP S P Vaid to take immediate action against the culprits of “forcing the girl to convert to Islam”, and lauded the efforts being made by DSGMC, the statement said.
Meanwhile, GK and Sirsa informed the “victim” girl has been appointed as Pracharak with DSGMC on permanent basis and she will work in state particularly the Kashmir Valley in the religious field.