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Houston resident’s Hindu niece in Pakistan allegedly kidnapped and forced into marriage

Houston resident’s Hindu niece in Pakistan allegedly kidnapped and forced into marriage

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Arti Sharma
Arti Sharma

20-year-old Arti Kumari Sharma was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint in Pakistan.

HOUSTON (Diya TV) — 20-year-old Hindu Arti Kumari Sharma was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint near her Khairpur District home in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province. After the partition, between India and Pakistan, while most Hindus migrated to India, the small minority that remains is falling on hard times, according to the Hindu American Foundation.

Arti’s uncle, Houston resident and Pakistan native Kishwar Sharma, recently escaped religious persecution in Pakistan to immigrate to the U.S.

“I am deeply distraught to find out my niece was kidnapped at gunpoint near her house,” says Sharma. “Arti is engaged to be married in November and is the second girl to be kidnapped in my family.”

Arti, a teacher at Qasim Model School, was allegedly abducted on her way home by Muslim landlord, Ammer Wassan and taken to a local mosque where she was allegedly forcibly converted to Islam and married against her will. She was allegedly forced into signing an affidavit that she married and converted on her own free will.

Arti has not been allowed to return home. She was set to be brought before the Sindh High Court on Sept. 26, despite her family filing a First Information Report with local police.

The Hindu American Foundation is asking for the immediate release of Sharma.“Arti’s basic civil rights and freedom have been flagrantly violated, in contradiction of Pakistani law and international human rights law,” says Rishi Bhutada, HAF Board Member and Houston resident. “We urge the Sindh High Court to order the immediate release and safe return of Arti to her family.”

Human rights groups, including Global Human Rights Defense and the Movement for Solidarity and Peace estimate that more than 1,000 Hindu and Christian women and girls are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam annually.

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NBA champs Golden State Warriors at the forefront of celebrating American diversity

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Stanford's competitive dance group Basmati Raas perform outside the Oracle Arena as fans make their way to see the NBA champs take on the Phoenix Suns

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The Golden State Warriors dominated this regular season game during Black History Month against the Phoenix Suns, all while showcasing Indian culture & heritage. From pre-game performances outside the Oracle Arena entrances, to on court displays of brilliant choreography and Indian dances, the Warriors celebrated their annual Bollywood Night bigger and better than ever.

Mandeep Singh Dhillon from San Jose is excited for his three kids who love Bhangra as much as they love Basketball

Mandeep Singh Dhillon from San Jose is excited for his kids who love Bhangra as much as they love Basketball

The evening began with a performance by Sikh dance group know as “The Lion Kings”, kids ranging from as young as 7 years to 16 years of age danced while getting the crowds going. Up next, on another entrance, Stanford’s competitive dance, Basmati Raas strutted their stuff ‘Gujju-style’ in Warriors Blue & Yellow showing how this next generation of American Born Desi kids are not ABCDs but ABPDs…American Born Proud Desis!

Before tip-off the Warriors All Stars – Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson & Draymond Green, received their all-star jerseys. While the splash party continued in the first half, the halftime show belonged to the always incredible Bhangra Empire. They brought down the house, ‘Punjabi-style’ with a colorful & masterful display of choreography and Sikh culture.

This performance was followed by Bhangra by the Bay, which is just what the crowd needed. Steph score 22 and new addition Omri Casspi scored 19 for dominant 129-83 victory for Golden State.

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President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali in the White House

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On the eve of Diwali, Indian Americans - Hindus, Sikhs, Jains,, including staff members of the Trump Cabinet gathered to light the ceremonial Diya to symbolize the victory of Light over darkness and good over evil

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — On the eve of Diwali, Indian Americans – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains,, including staff members of the Trump Cabinet gathered to light the ceremonial Diya to symbolize the victory of Light over darkness and good over evil.

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EXCLUSIVE: Preet Bharara gives the backstory on his firing by President Trump

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In a keynote address to the South Asian Bar Association, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted in detail the weekend he was fired as U.S. Attorney, what he plans to do moving forward and why it's important that attorneys from diverse backgrounds get involved in public service.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a keynote address to the South Asian Bar Association, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted in detail the weekend he was fired as U.S. Attorney, what he plans to do moving forward and why it’s important that attorneys from diverse backgrounds get involved in public service.

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