Delhi: Manjit Singh GK, International President of JAGO, today demanded that an anti-conversion law should be promulgated in J&K where Sikh girls had been falling prey to “jihadi” elements.

In a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, Manjit Singh GK said in spite of the fact that Article 370 has been annulled by the Centre, the Sikhs in J&K were being grossly discriminated against and their plight has worsened over the years.

Before the memorandum was presented to the prime minister, many Sikh organisations held a peaceful protest in front of the J&K House on Prithviraj Road in Delhi.

In the memorandum, he cited two recent incidents in which Sikh girls were forcibly married into Muslim families, In one incident in Rainavadi, near Srinagar, an 18 years old girl was forcibly married to an old Muslim. As the matter was reported to the police she was later recovered from Chandusa village in north Kashmir. In another incident, a Sikh girl in Mahzoor Nagar in Srinagar was forcibly converted to Islam for marriage purposes. The girl has been missing since then.

While lauding the role of the Sikhs in J&K in defeating the designs of anti-national forces the memorandum demanded that the Sikhs be accorded minority status and a special relief package also be announced for them.He regretted that the Centre had not taken any action on the memorandum he had submitted earlier in 2018 highlighting the grievances of the Sikhs.

He said now that J&K has become a union territory the Sikh should be given a special package and be treated at par with Kashmiri pandits. He said the Sikhs who had migrated from Pakistan needed special care and demanded that the recommendations made by the joint parliamentary committee in 2014 should be accepted and implemented in total . The committee had, among other things, recommended a Rs 30 lakh relief fund for each Sikh family, reservation of seats in technical institutions, setting up of a welfare board for them, and representation of Sikhs in Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad.

He further regretted that in spite of the fact there were five lakh Sikhs in J&K but their representative was not included in the recent all-party talks held by the prime minister. He said the Sikhs have always played a significant role in the valley so their grievances should be addressed urgently. He also demanded implementation of the Anand Marriage act in J&K, besides grant of minority status and restoration of the status of the state language to Punjabi in J&K.

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