Rinkle Kumari: The Timeline of Injustice

A massive rally by Muslims and Hindus in Karachi against Rinkle’s abduction

February 24:

  1. Rinkle Kumari was abducted / disappeared early in the morning. At 11:00 am Nand Lal, her father received a call from Mian Aslam son of Mian Abdul Haq (aka Mian Mitho) who informed that Rinkle was with him and had embraced Islam. Later in the evening, family was informed that Rinkle’s Nikah had been administered with a Muslim boy Naveed Shah.
  2. Hindu community’s Mukhi (leader) from Deherki, Mr. Namo Mal contacted Mitho and requested him to bring the girl and settle the dispute. Mitho didn’t.
  3. Muslims and Hindus of the area jointly protested against this and blocked the National Highway. Police showered heavy shelling on the protesters after which they went on strike closing the markets and lodged the FIR for kidnapping
  4. Police refused to name Mitho and his sons in the FIR. Even DPO could not recover Rinkle from Mitho’s custody.

February 25:

  1. Rinkle was produced in the court of Hasan Ali Kalwar, Judge Civil Court Ghotki. As soon as she saw her family in the court, she screamed before the judge and pleaded to let her go with her mother. The judge, however, had to inform her parents if they insisted on taking Rinkle along, they would be responsible for the killing of 2000 Hindus of District Ghotki at the hands of religious extremists.
  2. Rinkle’s custody, thus, was given to the police with an order to send her to Sukkur Women’s Police Station. But she was taken to Sukkur in the car of Mithu’s son, as reported in Sindhi newspapers. Point to be noted, a private car belonging to the accused party was used to transport the victim, who was in police custody.
  3. The judge gave a new date for hearing (February 27)

February 26:

  1. Rinkle’s family met Rinkle in Women’s Police Station Sukkur, where she was kept on court’s orders.
  2. Rinkle informed her family that Mian Mitho spoke to her earlier that night on the cell phone of a police constable. When she refused to talk to him, she was manhandled and was made to speak to Mitho who reportedly threatened her to change her statement if she wanted to see her family alive.

February 27:

  1. Police took Rinkle from Sukkur to Mirpur Mathelo, at 2:00 am according to the sources in Sukkur Police Station. The official version, though, is that they took her at 3:30 am to the Sukkur District Headquarters.
  2. According to the official records, DIG Sukkur Police was in Karachi on February 27, while DPO was in Khairpur Mirs and DSP Mirpur Mathelo was in Karachi bench of Supreme Court. Who was the Headquarter under, that day? Why police deemed it necessary to take the girl to the Headquarter at that point in the night?
  3. At 3:30 am, SHO Zulfiqar Meher called Rinkle’s family and informed that the Hearing would be in Ghotki instead of Mirpur Mathelo.
  4. Half of the family decided to go to Ghotki, half to Mirpur Mathelo. Hearing took place in Mirpur Mathelo eventually but it is unknown why the SHO misled the family?
  5. About a kilometer radius of the area around the court in Mirpur Mathelo was sealed. For Hindus, that is. Nobody from Hindu community was allowed even near the court, while hundreds of Mitho’s armed men were there.
  6. Four people from Rinkle’s family who were allowed in the court were Sulachini, Rinkle’s mother, Daya Ram, her paternal uncle, Rajkumar, her maternal uncle and Manohar Lal, her grandfather.
  7. Mian Mitho said outside the court, if the decision comes against him, he would ‘be obliged to fire the bullets’.
  8. At 8:30 am, only two of the four allowed family members got permission to enter the courtroom, i.e., Sulachini Devi and Daya Ram. According to Sulchini Devi, the court room was full of Mian Mitho’s men
  9. At 8:45 am, people outside the court heard loud noise of ‘Mubarak’ (congratulations) from inside the courtroom for her ‘embracing Islam’.
  10. The court gave the judgment that Rinkle Kumari was Muslim and had married Naveed Shah.

February 28:

  1. Rinkle’s uncles addressed a press conference against this injustice and unfair treatment on the part of the state institutions and high-handedness of local the local vadera (feudal) having full governmental support.
  2. Mitho’s men, led by one Hisam Kalwar (Mian Mitho denied this but there are eye witnesses of the incident) stormed into Rinkle’s grandfather’s office and fired at him. The old man survived, but the family got scared and shifted to Karachi.

February 29:

  1. Mr. Ghulam Shah from Sindhi United Party and Mr. Riaz Chandio from Jiye Sindh Qaumi Mahaz were contacted by Mian Mitho, who expressed his willingness for a deal. He offered to let Rinkle meet with her family if the family compromises and accepts her religious and marital status. The family responded positively and gave commitment to honour Rinkle’s decision to convert and to marry, if and only if she was doing it on her free will, not under someone’s coercion. To ensure that, Mr. Ghulam Shah, a respected Sindhi nationalist (Muslim by religion) offered to keep Rinkle as his daughter in his home for 12 hours and give her free environment without letting any party meet her. Mitho did not agree to the proposition and a thin hope of resolving the issue died down.
  2. Mr. Khalid Soomro of JUI-F was contacted by the family and by the Sindhi nationalists to mediate between Hindu community and Mian Mitho. Soomro tried, but failed due to Mitho’s stubbornness.

March 3:

  1. The family filed a petition in the Sindh High Court, Karachi challenging the February 27 judgment of Session Court Mirpur Mathelo.

March 6:

  1. The appeal accepted by the Sindh High Court. March 12 was given as the hearing date. Takes Rinkle in police custody.
  2. SHO thana Frear Town Karachi South allegedly facilitated Mian Mitho to speak to Rinkle, ordered Hajra Usman Inspector South to make Rinkle talk to Mitho. Inspector Hajra reportedly manhandled Rinkle and coerced her to take Mitho’s phone call. Mitho once again threatened Rinkle of dire consequences if she changes statement and denies being Muslim. Contact with both police officials could not be established, however, according to some Sindhi language newspapers, they denied these allegations.

March 8:

  1. Supreme Court of Pakistan takes note of the incident and re-opens an old pending petition against forced conversions of Hindu girls by local extremist elements, filed by Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) in 2007.
  2. Supreme Court included Rinkle’s case in the PHC petition, along with two other recent cases of alleged forced conversion, Dr. Lata Kumari and Aasha Kumari.
  3. Next hearing was fixed on March 26.

March 11:

  1. Rinkle’s press conference was organized while she was still in police custody. Who bore the expenses for the press conference is unknown. Although some Karachi based reporters confirmed that Mian Mitho’s men informed them about and invited to the press conference.
  2. In the press conference, Rinkle was being dictated through the Bluetooth mobile device. Her complete ignorance of basic Islamic tenants was visible to many reporters, while she insisted that she was ‘influenced by Islamic tenants’. Cross-questioning was not allowed by Mitho’s men, who took away Rinkle when the reporters tried to question.
  3. Reports of the Press Conference were highlighted in the mainstream media to influence court’s proceedings and public opinion, who now believed that Rinkle had embraced Islam on her own free will.

March 12:

  1. Around two hundred men of Mian Mithu with open display of weapons make their appearance outside the High court.
  2. The court keeps Rinkle’s custody to Police and closes the proceedings in view of Supreme Court’s orders to produce Rinkle on March 26.
  3. American Congressman Brad Sherman wrote a letter to the President of Pakistan urging him to look into the matter.

March 26:

  1. Rinkle Kumari and Dr. Lata Kumari were produced in the Court. During the court proceedings, Rinkle cried and screamed she wanted to go with her mother. Seeing similar reaction from Dr. Lata, Chief Justice ordered the court to proceed in camera. After taking detailed statements from both the girls, Chief Justice announced in front of national and international media that Rinkle Kumari had pleaded to go with her mother while Dr. Lata was double minded.
  2. To the surprise of many, despite her clear statement Chief Justice ordered to keep both the girls in Panah, the shelter home, where both should not be allowed to meet anyone so they get a free environment without any influence, to decide about their life. Panah is run by revered Justice Majida Razvi, former chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women.
  3. Court adjourned till April 18

March 27:

  1. Maulana Shirani, Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology gave the statement that Rinkle should be sent home if she has been forcibly converted and that forced conversions have no place in Islam

April 10:

  1. Naveed Shah, so called husband of Rinkle, requested the Supreme Court for permission to meet Rinkle. Chief Justice rejected the application saying she wanted to go with her mother
  2. Speaking at a seminar organized by Anjuman-e-Talaba-e-Islam in Islamabad, Mian Mitho while answering a question said he will not accept the decision of Supreme Court if it decides against him. He also said at the event that all the ‘gaddi nasheens’ (caretakers) of Dargahs in Sindh take money and let such girls go, including Mian Abdul Khaliq, the gaddi nasheen of Bharchundi Sharif (who is Mitho’s nephew).

April 12 – 14:

  1. Naveed Shah and Mian Aslam allegedly met Rinkle several times in Panah, a charge Justice Majida Razvi strongly denies and offers to produce CCTV footage if needed by the court. The family, however, insists that they have credible information that two lower level staff members were threatened by Mian Mitho for facilitating those meetings. They said they would provide the witness in the court.

April 17:

  1. Human rights activists along with the family of Rinkle held a press conference in Islamabad in which her family categorically declared that they have no objection if their daughter embraced Islam of her own free will and for the love of Islam. They also declared they would accept her decision of marrying Naveed Shah and would rather celebrate the wedding with all the traditional customs including gifting her dowry. But their only request from the court was to look deep into the matter if the conversion and marriage is on her free will in real sense of the concept.

April 18:

  1. Rinkle, along with Dr Lata and Aasha were presented in the Supreme Court. As soon as they appear, Chief Justice said they should record their statement in Registrar’s office and should ‘freely’ tell where they wanted to go. Based on their ‘free’ statement, they would be allowed to go wherever they wanted.
  2. Upon entering the court Rinkle handed over a piece of paper to the Chief Justice. It never came out what Rinkle wanted to say, which was not heard by the court.
  3. The Court wrote the Order before taking the statement from any of the girls and gave half an hour after which girls had to record their statements in Registrar’s office. But curiously enough, they were called in Registrar’s office after one and a half hour during which Mian Mitho and his sons are reported to have met with the Registrar. When asked via email, the Registrar’s office did not respond to the query. According to some reports, Naveed Shah, some policemen and Mian Mitho’s son were present when Rinkle’s ‘freewill’ statement was being recorded in Registrar’s office.
  4. As per Rinkle’s statement issued later by the Registrar’s office, she opted to go with her ‘husband’.
  5. The mainstream media glorified her exercise of ‘free will’ while demagogues on TV talk shows (including liberals) kept preaching about respecting Rinkle’s ‘right to choose’ who is an adult citizen of Pakistan and should be allowed to ‘freely’ make decisions about her life.

April 19:

  1. In a popular TV talk show, a hyper anchor of the show invited Mina Mitho, Ramesh Lal, MNA, Aamir Liaqat Ali, a so called religious scholar known for extremist views (whose anti-Ahmadi tirade on his TV show ended up in killings of two Ahmadis four years ago), Aasha Kumari with her ‘husband’ and Rinkle Kumari on phone. In the show, the anchor deliberately did not let the other point of view come out. A lopsided discussion was engineered to prove that the girls have indeed converted on their free will and for the love of Islam, not just for marriages.

May 17:

  1. While disposing off the petition by Pakistan Hindu Council regarding forced conversions of Hindus, Chief Justice of Pakistan declared that in the existence of Article 20 of the Constitution, there was no need for special legislation regarding the protection of the rights of minorities.

May 22: 

  1. Rinkle’s family files a Review Petition in Supreme Court of Pakistan and urges inquiry into the role of Ghotki police and of Mian Mitho in the case.
  2. Rinkle awaits justice!
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25 comments on “Rinkle Kumari: The Timeline of Injustice
  1. [...] The timeline of injustice in this particular case presents many discrepancies and clearly points towards collusion between the entire state structure, landed influential politicians, religious elite and ‘innocent’ media who swindled the process of justice. Despite Rinkle’s repeated statements in different courts that she wanted to go to her parents, courts could not ‘respect’ her choice. Not many would blame the poor magistrates considering the conditions in which they try to give a semblance of justice. In the absence of any security mechanism ensured for them, it was understandable when judicial magistrate in Mirpur Mathelo told counsels of Rinkle’s family that had he given a decision otherwise, he and thousands of Hindus in Ghotki district would have been killed by religious extremists. The instance has been recorded in the note submitted to honorable Supreme Court by the counsel Rasheed A. Rizvi. [...]

  2. [...] The timeline of injustice in this particular case presents many discrepancies and clearly points towards collusion between the entire state structure, landed influential politicians, religious elite and ‘innocent’ media who swindled the process of justice. Despite Rinkle’s repeated statements in different courts that she wanted to go to her parents, courts could not ‘respect’ her choice. Not many would blame the poor magistrates considering the conditions in which they try to give a semblance of justice. In the absence of any security mechanism ensured for them, it was understandable when judicial magistrate in Mirpur Mathelo told counsels of Rinkle’s family that had he given a decision otherwise, he and thousands of Hindus in Ghotki district would have been killed by religious extremists. The instance has been recorded in the note submitted to honorable Supreme Court by the counsel Rasheed A. Rizvi. [...]

  3. Rinkle, Dr Lata, Asha choose to live with husbands
    By Web Desk / Azam Khan
    Published: April 18, 2012

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/366399/sc-allows-rinkle-dr-lata-to-decide-their-future-themselves/

  4. I have read it. Answer is simple: Protective Custody because some of her ex-community wanted to kill her.

    • Marvi Sirmed says:

      Then you’re not aware of Sindh and the way Sindhi Hindus are. They have no history or inclination of ‘honour killings’ as Muslims do in rest of the country. In any case, Rinkle’s family has been saying since day one, they will accept Rinkle’s choice of marriage and even of religion if and inly if she was doing it out of her own free will. I have written it quite clearly. Either you are reading selectively or just don’t want to accept the reality. Go to Bharchundi Sharif and ask the reputation of Mian Mitho from Muslims, if you don’t trust Hindus. Also, get a life. People like you call themselves Muslims? Utter contempts.

  5. shaukat ali shaikh says:

    Chief Justice of Pakistan must give free atmosphere to Rinkle to express her free will. Never should be majority community justice but justice & justice only.

  6. Hindu’s have a history of honor killings far more than Muslims in their own community.
    Secondly, if she is allowed to go there, and God forbid, she is harmed, it’s not hard to tell who all will be blamed.
    Lastly, and most importantly, it couldn’t be hard for us to get a video clip of her demanding to see her parents.

    • dumbornumb says:

      Dude Zain, you can argue today, however you like because Rinkle Kumari is not your sister or daughter. Stop this B.S. of yours, will you? OR celebrate such an injustice in name of allah and just wait until a day comes when your sister, daughter or granddaughter is kidnapped by these very goons! Just remember, its a slippery slope that Pakistani society is on… once you start a slide you can’t stop it. Mark my words, if its not you, then your sons and daughters will be crying tomorrow and feeling helpless against such atrocities because there will be other thousands Zain’s like you justifying whatever non-sense that happens to them.

  7. Zulfi says:

    Come on Marvi!! You are an intelligent, educated person. Let us not malign conservatives about every single thing. Initially there was hype created by media and our ‘liberal comrades’, that she was kidnapped etc. Give me a break. There are thousands of Hindus living in that area.
    • Can you explain why Rinkle was the target and not others?

    She lived more than 20 miles away from Mian Mitho’s home. If she was forcibly converted, then
    • Why would Mian Mitho not make her marry his own son, but to the man for Rinkle’s neighborhood?
    There has been and, unfortunately still, persistent, misinformation or no trying to know the facts. May be we are acting as LIBERAL MULLAHs. Whatever the reason, it is not only wrong but counterproductive.
    • Why is it that her uncle is active but not her own father? It is said that her uncle is manager of political opponents Lund.
    Don’t you think you are not only, not protecting the basic human right of Rinkle, but are being instrument to violate her rights? She has appeared before many courts and has given persistent statements. What rights her UNCLE has over her?
    We the liberals should stand for religious rights of EVERY ONE. It also means that we must stand for the rights of RINKLE to accept ISLAM. Yes, I agree that minorities do have freedom as is their right. But such acts are going to harm them rather helping them.

    • Amazon says:

      Dear Zulfi, u also look to be an educated person. Here are some of the answers of the questions u raised:
      • Can you explain why Rinkle was the target and not others?
      This is a question that should be asked of Mian Mitho, not Marvi. At the root, this is an idiotic question because if it had happened to another girl, you would ask the same question, why her why not others. DO you want all girls to get the same treatment before you believe in the verity of this incident?

      She lived more than 20 miles away from Mian Mitho’s home. If she was forcibly converted, then
      • Why would Mian Mitho not make her marry his own son, but to the man for Rinkle’s neighborhood?
      Are we living in a horse-cart era? What water does the 20 mile argument hold? Is it prohibited in Pakistan to go farther than 20 Miles from your home? Again why he made her marry someone else is the question Mian Mitho should answer. Maybe he just wanted to leave the space for this same question. It is a nice way of creating doubt about your true intentions.

      Now there are other irrelevant questions that u’ve raised only for the sake of raising them. U never tried to hit the real question which is, Was it the travesty of justice? Was Rinkle given the opportunity to express her free will? Was the accused party influencing the complete judicial and police structure? These are the questions which will turn relevant to you in a short time, when something of this sort happens to you. Being a Muslim will not give you immunity for long. Its a wrong practice that should be stopped. Tomorrow this same thing will be done to the Muslims of other sects, then to their own sect.
      Not for Rinkle’s sake or anyone else’s, but for your own self and your kids, at least ask the relevant questions and honestly try to get the answers to them.

  8. Hasan S says:

    It’s quite ridiculous that such clear prejudices continue to exist in the world. The media’s response is simply representative of the views of our population. Pakistani Muslims want to believe that a Hindu girl has accepted Islam on her own free will and are willing to ignore the facts. The Wrinkle Kumari case is just one of the many reasons why the protection of minorities should not be subject to the passions and prejudices of the majority.

    I don’t know where all of this prejudice is fueled and although the existence of such a prejudice is wrong in it self, the existence of such prejudice in court rooms is detestable. I’d like to thank the Baaghi team for shedding some light on the topic.

  9. Amol Joshi says:

    Marvi , i am very much impressed by your articals. I hope your country people will realise that their religion Islam is the root cause of all the problems.Minority populaton is reduced to less than 1%.I hope there are more people who think like you in Pakistan.I am an
    atheist btw.

    i

    • Well if you are athiest then why are you prejudiced against Islam only… why not hinduism, christianity etc… Anyways, Islam is not the problem, its those Muslims who practice it wrong… Just like Hindus practice killing of daughters or feeling them bad omen for the family.
      I agree with this timeline that even if there are distorted facts, we can still see that things do not look natural here.

  10. zeshan says:

    Their must be an end of religion as a part of a state … end of classes, end of private property. that will help to end legal discrimination against religious minorities and other oppressed one’s….

  11. jatt says:

    oye kamine Ameer tujhe jab reality ka patta nahi to jayda baqwas matt kar suwar ki olad sala

  12. peeyush singh says:

    mian mitho toh doshi hai hi par jo log uska saath de rhe hai wo bhi barabar k doshi h..apni bahu batiyo k saath aisa hoga tab aise logo ko samaj aayega ki rinkal ka dard kya h..samaaj mein har jagah burai mil jayegi par jab vyavstha (system) hi gundo ka saath de toh us desh ka devlopment hona toh door apna naam bachana bhi mushkil hoga.. ISLAM ka jitna nuksaan pakistan mein ho rha hai, utna shyad vishv mein kahi nhi ho rha h..
    ISLAM ko uske chahne walo ne hi BADNAAM kiya hua h..log apni KURAN khud likh rhe h..

    PEEYUSH SINGH
    RAJASTHAN
    INDIA

  13. sameer sewani says:

    Goverment of pakistan will not do any thing …

  14. ali says:

    Marvi, i’m very happy with what you are doing for the rights of people of pakistan.. if i can be of any help please let me know . i’m from karachi but currently living in canada. and if i had been in karachi i would have definitly joined the protest to free Rinkal .. please keep up this effort to free all kidnapped girls,

  15. lucy says:

    what is happening now? what is the update now? where is rinkle? when is the next hearing in court?

  16. Bohra says:

    touched by seeing miserable conditions of Pakistani Hindus ..

    Judiciary seems to be in hands of prejudice persons ..

    I think hindus should migrate to India and India being the secular nation will certainly provide them dignity and basic freedoms.

  17. rakesh singh says:

    Respected Ma’am, It’s for the people like you that world has continued to live on somehow…. Please keep up the good work !!

  18. SHER muhammad says:

    the whole system of Pakistan including agencies peoples are responsible for these acts . As we can see clearly that there are many vacuums that indicates something going inappropriately our Muslims are trying to catch peoples to leave there religion or to go for India o they can have there property z remember Islam syas to preach not make a muslim by forcng .I am a Sindhi muslim and the sindhi hinduz are much dear to me against Punjabi Or pathans because we are sindhi sons of the same motherland SINDH
    sher muhammad chandio
    karachi sindh

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