Attempted Abduction and Rape cases of Christian girls

February 20, 2013 by  
Filed under newsletter-asia, Persecution

Attempted Abduction and Rape case of Christian girlPakistan, February 19, 2013:  Even as the rape case of a Christian girl Fouzia Bibi is still under investigation, there was further violence and pressure on the victim family and also on LEAD to avoid proceedings in this case. In yet another attempted rape and abduction case a Christian girl, Saba Bibi at Village Baghiana Kilan at police Station Phool Nagar, District Kasur was highlighted.

On 17 February 2013, when Saba Bibi was working in fields of  her landlord, when one Muhammad Akram(also known as Amar) armed with a pistol confronted her and forced her to to a secret place with intention of rape. She started to weeping loudly, while the culprit tore her clothes and made her naked, said Naziran Bibi her mother. LEAD’s chief advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill was requested by local Union Council Member Mansha Masih to intervene the case too. A complaint has been filed in the police station and legal action will be pursued.

” We are very poor and working in a brick-kiln and also under heavy debt loan which is Rs.200,000/-  We have to do daily work for earning our daily bread or we will not be able to feed our children. It will now also be difficult to follow up with the case in court ” said Anwar Masih, the victim’s father.

The plight of Christian girls and women who have been forced to convert to Islam is kidnapping, abduction, rape and sexual assault in Pakistan. Many cases are not published due to bribes and personal influence, threats of further violence and family pressure on the victims.

On August 14, another Christian girl, 12-year-old Muqadas Kainat was ambushed in a field near her home in Sahawil by five men who gang raped and murdered her.

In every one of these cases, the police either failed to act or sided with the culprits or the victim herself failed to follow-up with the case. A large number Christian children in Pakistan are being forced into silence, with their stories never emerging due to pressure or their financial problems, even if they are provided free legal aid.

– LEAD

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