A massive protest outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi turned violent Monday after a second Sikh girl was allegedly kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam over the weekend.

Protesters were prevented from submitting a memorandum at the Pakistan High Commission, at which point the protests became violent as demonstrators pushed back against police and overwhelmed security barricades, with many climbing over police posts and chanting anti-Pakistan slogans.

The girl was reportedly in a relationship with a classmate, Babar Aman, whose brother has been arrested since news of her disappearance broke.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar condemned the recent abductions, conversions and forced marriages. An 18-year-old daughter of a priest was recently abducted at gunpoint before being forced to marry a Muslim man.

The high-profile abductions and subsequent protests come at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, following a prolonged spate of cross border incidents at the Kashmir border since February.

Protesters burned an effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over the weekend while venting their anger at the treatment of religious minorities in Pakistan.


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