AMRITSAR: A Sikh widow who went to Pakistan on pilgrimage has converted to Islam and married a man in Lahore she said she had met on social media. Kiran Bala, 31, from Garhshankar town in Hoshiarpur, left behind three young children with her father-in-law to marry Muhammad Azam, who she says she has known for over a year and a half, reported Times of India.
While Kiran, who has now taken the name Amna Bibi, says she married and converted to Islam of her own accord, her father-in-law, former granthi (Sikh priest) Tarsem Singh, has appealed to foreign minister Sushma Swaraj to help him bring Kiran back.
Talking to TOI over the phone from Lahore on Thursday, Amna Bibi said, “It was not on Facebook (that we met), it was social media.” She, however, refused to say which social media account she had used. “I did everything by myself, no one forced me to do anything,” she insisted. She then hung up, saying, “Please don’t disturb me, I am in court and busy now.”
Kiran’s father-in-law, Tarsem Singh spoke to news agency ANI and said, “My daughter-in-law called and said that she has converted to Islam & got re-married in Pakistan.”