In the evening of 24 February 2012, Rinkle Kumari, a 16 year old student of Mirpur Mathelo, in a small village in the province of Sindh, was kidnapped to satisfy the lust of a Muslim scholar. The Muslim scholar had “political cover” provided by Mian Mittho, an elected National Assembly Member. Nand Lal, girl’s father and his family had to take refuge in a Gurdwara in Lahore after the complaint. On 25 February, as soon as Rinkle saw her family in the court, she screamed before the judge and pleaded to let her go to her mother. The judge, however, had to inform her parents that if they insisted on taking Rinkle along, they would be responsible for the destruction that might follow – killing of 2,000 Hindus of district Ghotki.
The local judge ordered that the girl should be given to Muslims, because her conversion is “the result of a spontaneous decision” and also stated that the marriage was above board. A claim that was repeated on February 27 at the hearing before the court, and the girl was “renamed” Faryal Shah. On March 26, Rinkle Kumari appeared before the judges of the Supreme Court in Islamabad. She said: in Pakistan, “there is no” justice, “kill me here but do not send me back” to the kidnappers. On 18 April 2012 Supreme Court of Pakistan handed Rinkle Kumari to her “husband” (kidnapper).
However, the story of Rinkle is not an isolated case: every month between 25 and 30 young girls, that is, about 300 girls a year are delivered into the hands of their torturers in Pakistan.
The Internet doesn’t say what happened to Rinkle after that fateful “judgment.” However, the Internet does have information about another 16-year old girl from Pakistan in great detail.
In the same year, another girl named Malala Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the district of Swat. A gunman fired three shots at her wounding her to the point of near death. She was subsequently sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive treatment and recovery. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her.
United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition, using the slogan “I am Malala”. She was on the front cover of the 29 April 2013 issue of Time magazine, as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World“. She was the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, and Sakharov Prize, 2013. On 16 October 2013, the Government of Canada announced that the Parliament of Canada would confer Honorary Canadian citizenship upon her.
In February 2014, she was nominated for the World Children’s prize in Sweden. In April 2014 it was announced that Malala would be granted an honorary degree by the University of King’s College in Halifax. Malala then spoke before the United Nations in July 2013, and met with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace and in September 2013, she officially opened the Library of Birmingham. In the same month, she spoke at Harvard University, and in October she met with U.S. President Barack Obama . In July 2014, Malala spoke at the Girl Summit in London, advocating for rights for girls. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the first to sign a petition requesting that Malala receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown requested that McKinsey consultant Shiza Shahid, a friend of the Malala family, chair Malala’s charity FUND, which had gained the support of Angelina Jolie. Google’s vice president Megan Smith also sits on the fund’s board.
In November 2012, the consulting firm Edelman began work for Malala on a pro bono basis, which according to the firm “involves providing a press office function for Malala.” The office employs five people, and is headed by speechwriter Jamie Lundie. McKinsey also continues to provide assistance to Malala.
On 12 July 2013, Malala 16th birthday, she spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education. The UN dubbed the event “Malala Day”. Yousafzai received several standing ovations. Ban Ki-moon, who also spoke at the session, described her as “our hero”. Malala also presented the chamber with “The Education We Want”, a Youth Resolution of education demands written by Youth for Youth, in a process co-ordinated by the UN Global Education First Youth Advocacy Group, telling her audience:
“Malala day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.
It is perfectly understandable if Malala just didn’t have the time to speak for fellow girl Rinkle Kumari. I am not sure if Rinkle’s religion could have been a reason for it. I am also sure that none of the countries which gave away awards including the Nobel Committee to Malala were aware about Rinkle Kumari or were they aware of her religion?