Victim of Abduction, Rape, And Forced Conversion Demands Justice after Escape

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Fouzia Sadiqe holds banner and asks for safety

Christian woman Fauzia Sidique who had escaped from abduction earlier this year has contacted Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) for legal assistance.

An already married woman, Fouzia from Pattoki village, Punjab was abducted and forcibly married to a Muslim man in July 2015. While Fouzia’s family did all in their power to bring her back, Muhammad Nazir, the powerful landlord held Fouzia in captivity calling her his wife and refusing to return her to her family. Fouzia is already a mother of three.

Fouzia had managed to escape Muhammad Nazir’s captivity with the help of her family and on March 8, 2016, contacted LEAD for assistance.

“I was raped by him a number of times before conversion and marriage and he often extends life threats on apprehension of my disclosure to family,” said Fouzia.

She further stated that she was permanently become disable to have children from him because he forced her to get operation for permanent birth control. In this way he made her sterile woman.

“I have strong faith in Jesus and I hope He could save me from him permanently,” said Fouzia.

Rev. Saleem Masih and Rev. Karamat Masih along with local political activists met Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender and requested for assistance for victim Fouzia Sadiqe.

It is surfaced that in most cases, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse or discarded from home after passing some time.