Pattoki: A 23-year-old Christian girl forcefully “converted” after given in marriage to her abductor

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A Christian girl abducted by two Muslim men who have forced her to convert to Islam. Father of the victim approached a Pakistani Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, in order to rescue his daughter from the captivity, of the men. The father of the victim further told, Advocate Gill that his daughter has been forcefully given in marriage to one of the abductors.

Religious minorities in Pakistan

The incident took place in a village near Pattoki city of District Kasur in Punjab province. This is not a sole incident in this village, when a Christian girl has been abducted and forcefully married to the abductor and thus converted to Islam. The father of the victim, Shehzad Masih (his real name is withheld) after approaching Advocate Sardar M Gill, entreated him to help him in rescuing his daughter from the clutches of her abductors.

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Shehzad Masih resident of Jodh Singh Chak No.13, told Advocate Sardar M Gill, that the incident took place on April 14, Thursday: at about 1:30 am. He said that two armed men broke into his house, while the Christian family was fast asleep. The armed invaders started forcing the 23-year-old, victim Shehnaz Bibi (her real is withheld here) to go with them, her parents started resisting them. However, the abductors threatened to kill them if they would scream for help, and abducted the girl.

Followed by her abduction, the crestfallen father approached the local police station, and sought registration an FIR of the incident. Nonetheless, the police exhibited reluctance to register the complaint or take action against the perpetrators. The police maintained that the abductee, Shenaz had accepted Islam and was now wife of a Muslim man Muhammad Talib.

Consequently, Shehzad Masih approached the local pastor Saleem Masih ans siught his help. Pastor Saleem Masih- Pattoki Church of Pakistan, urged Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, to help the dejected Christian father. Advocate Sardar M Gill, agreed to be of assistance and provide legal assistance to the victimized family. Shortly, after Advocate Sardar M Gill, took up the case, he managed to get an FIR registered at the Pattoki police station, and the legal proceedings have been initiated against the perpetrator.

Afzal Masih- another Christian resident of the same village says, “Within this month at least five Christian girls have been abducted and converted to Islam and married with their abductors in this village from where this girl has been abducted and no legal protection for them in such issues.”