Gujranwala: Christian girl forcibly converted after abduction, police reluctant to act

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Another Pakistani Christian girl forced to convert after being abducted. Suvera was reportedly abducted by Muhammad Ijaz Butt and his accomplices. The incident took place on April 4, Tuesday Suvera was abducted and was forced to convert to Islam next day on April 5. She was forcibly given in marriage to one of the abductors.

Christians in Gujranwala

The other two accomplices of Muhammad Ijaz Butt, have been identified Wahab Butt and Naveed Burgaranwala. After conversion, she was given a name Fatima. Mother of the victim Rozi Bibi, approached the local police station seeking legal assistance in this matter.

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In this regard, Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) was informed about the incident. Family of the victim requested LEAD for legal assistance. After the incident was reported in Police Station Civil Lines Gujranwala an FIR no 241/17 was registered on April 6. Sections 365-b of the Pakistan Penal Code was invoked in the FIR.

LEAD informed Christians in Pakistan that the police are showing unwillingness to act in this matter as they seem reluctant to take action against the abductors. It was also detailed that the police maintains that the girl has converted to Islam and is married wife of a Muslim. Moreover, the abductors have registered a complaint against the family of the victim in order to intimidate them.

Family of victim claims that the abductors are applying pressure so as to make them settle for a settlement. While remaking about the incident, LEAD chief Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill stated: “This issue needs to tackled by authorities seriously because these cases are prevalent in Pakistan and culprits put counter pressure on the victim’s family to withdraw the charges of abduction and get compromised with the abductors.”

LEAD chief further stated that the family of the victim is facing immense pressure as is customary in such cases. This is sensitive issue as it involves religion, and may augment into worst possible situation for the Christian family if they continue to insist for the return of their daughter Suvera.