LAHORE: A young Christian woman abducted and forced to convert to Islam by a Muslim man.
According to Fides, a 25-year-old Christian woman was kidnapped by a 55-year-old, Muslim man identified as Muhammad Nazir. The victim, Fouzia was kidnapped on 23rd of July by Muhammad Nazir.
Fouzia and her family are poor residents of Pattoki, in Punjab province. The poor Christian family make both ends meet by working in farms. Muhammad Nazir, on the other hand is the owner of the farms where they work.
In line with details, Fouzia is married and is mother of three children. After Nazir kidnapped her, he purportedly forced Fouzia to convert to Islam and marry him. Moreover, Nazir is a married man and father of eight children.
Initially, the poor Christian family was reluctant to report the abduction of Fouzia and kept on waiting for her to be released. The poor family, as reported repeatedly requested Muhammad Nazir to let Fouzia go. However, the man would not listen to their cries.
Later on, Muhammad Nazir stubbornly told the Christian family that Fouzia had converted to Islam and had married him. On these grounds he refused to release her saying, she was his wife now. What is more, he threatened Fouzia’s family that if they try to get her free, they would have to face dire consequences.
In their desperation, Fouzia’s family approached a Lahore-based Christian lawyer for help. The lawyer helped the unfortunate Christian family to register an FIR in a local police station. Fouzia’s mother narrated the incident to the police.
According to the lawyer, “Cases like this are common, but in this case the abductor is a married man and the abducted Christian woman is also married”, and this element could save her. Usually, episodes like this proceed in the following manner: the family of the victim presents a complaint.
“The abductor lodges a counter-complaint affirming that the woman made a voluntary decision. In most cases the victims are minors, young adolescent girls. They suffer sexual violence, forced prostitution, domestic abuse and even sold to human traffickers”.
“Only rarely,” he added, “such cases end with the return of the girls to their original families.”