HYDERABAD: Pakistani women protested against gender-based violence against the minorities in the country.
According to details, this protestation was staged by LEAD- a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation. Participating in this protest, Nazia Masih, a 28 year old Christian from Padri-Jo-Goth, Sanghar District, said,” She has experienced this firsthand as she was targeted by a man who allegedly tried to abduct her.” Nazia works at the Cheniot Hospital, Karachi,
While talking to media at the Hyderabad Press Club she said, “My family members are in great danger and they are continually being threatened by the man who tried to abduct me and his friends. I want security for my life and my family. We are being threatened. We are Christians and poor. That’s why such incidents happened with us. We are not safe in Pakistan, nor our honour or belongings.”
A Human rights group, the Masihi Foundation, said in a statement that,” It was shameful that a nurse and her family were forced to suffer like this.”
Masihi Foundation further stated, “Such incidents should strongly be condemned. Countless Hindu girls are abducted every month from the interior Sindh. The authorities are silent about it; they need to do something to protect them and their honour. We demand the authorities ensure that Nazia Masih and her family are provided protection.”
Prior to this protest, Dilawar G Bhatti, defence counsel of Nazia Masih was reportedly targeted by two unknown gunmen on a motorbike while he was going home.
Fr John James from the Diocese of Karachi, said “This is shameful. Such incidents should be strongly condemned by society. Countless Hindu girls are abducted every month from the interior of Sindh, and the authorities are silent about it.”
“They need to do something to protect them. We call on the authorities to provide protection to Nazia Masih and her family,” he continued.