A Christian teenage girl abducted in Faislabad, Pakistan

A Christian teenage girl abducted in Faislabad, Pakistan

A Christian teenage girl namely Mehwish was craftily abducted after being lured for a handsomely paid domestic work. The victim resident of Khalid Colony in Faisalabad, was taken away by a Muslim family after that Mehwish never returned home. Her mother Shahnaz (real name is withheld) narrated the horrific ordeal of the family and disclosed that her husband was shot dead by the captors.

According to Shahnaz, about two months ago a Muslim family approached her and on 12 March, and told her that they wanted to hire Mehwish for domestic work at an evening party at their house. They assured Shahnaz that they will bring her safely back after the party is over and pay her for her services. Nonetheless, the 14-year-old, Christian girl did not return ever since she left with the Muslim family. Mehwish who was the eldest child of the family went missing and consequently, her father Tanveer went to the family’ house in desperation seeking for his daughter, however she was nowhere to be found. The family told him that the girl was out for some work and he cannot meet her.

After several failed attempts, 42-year-old, Tanveer decided to bring the matter to the locals, but of no avail. Eventually he decided to lodge a police compliant. On May 10, he got an FIR registered at the Raza Abad police station, and nominated Umar Daraz, Muhammad Zahid and Mobeen Rehman, in the abduction of his daughter..

Shahnaz revealed that ever since the FIR was registered, the abductors started harassing and intimidating Tanveer to withdraw the police compliant. The down trodden father was reluctant to give up on his daughter and gave a supplementary statement to the police. In a craftily scheme, two of the respondents told Tanveer that they were willing to settle the dispute outside the court only if he would take his complaint back. Tanveer withdrew his complaint in hope of his daughter’ return.

The abductors called him for a meeting, in order to settle the matter. On appointed date, Tanveer when Tanveer was on his way to meet the abductors, two unknown gunmen shot him dead on Jhang Road, in Thikriwala. An FIR was filed including murder charges against unknown gunmen but however nothing substantial has been done. Tanveer who was ostensibly knocked off by the abductors has left a wife a and three other daughters as survivors.

Shahnaz and her three daughters are living in fear of possible retribution from the abductors. The family is now supported by relatives, but are forced to live in trepidation. “I want my daughter back. I want the perpetrators brought to justice. I have no money to buy food or continue the legal battle. I ask help from God’s people.”

“Several months after my daughter’s kidnapping, the police have not done anything because we have no money to defend our rights. We live in a hopeless situation, we need help. I pray that my daughter will continue to place hope and faith in Jesus Christ,” she explained.

Muslims Islamic Laws

Islamic law, always harsh, is still harsher for women. According to the Koran, men have “authority” over women and may beat them if they are “disobedient” (4:34). According to Mohammad, the prophet of Islam, women are less intelligent than men — two women are needed to equal one man’s testimony — and the majority of hell’s population is made up of women, who are likened to donkeys and dogs in their ability to distract a man from his prayer and thereby annul it.

What, then, is Islam’s view of women who are “infidels”? They are at best “meant for one thing, the pleasure of the Muslim man,” as one Muslim told a group of young Christian girls in Pakistan before terrorizing and murdering one. In the Koran, (see 4:24), non-Muslim women seized in a jihad can be bought and sold as sex slaves for Muslim men, as the Islamic State has been doing.

Unfortunately, more and more women are the target of [Muslim] terrorist groups. There are numerous international incidents of women being kidnapped, raped, and forced to convert from Christianity to Islam by radical extremist groups. Many are also sold on the open market. This brutality is not only occurring in the Middle East but in Africa and in many other places. In many of these countries, women are subject to persecution because they are considered second-class citizens because of their gender. As minorities in both gender and faith, Christian women face double the persecution. Although we don’t have an exact number, we know that millions of women are being persecuted…. In these Muslim-dominated countries, Christian women are systematically deprived of their freedom to live and are denied basic human necessities.

Christian women are double damned: barely tolerated both as women and as non-Muslim “infidels; it becomes clear why they are the greatest recipients of Islamic abuse.

By now, the plight of non-Muslim females in the grips of ISIS is well known. Since conquering Mosul in June 2014, the caliphate has executed as many as 250 captive non-Muslim girls (mostly Yazidis and Christians) for refusing to be sex slaves. Most recently, 19 Yazidi girls were placed in iron cages and burned alive in front of a crowd of hundreds, for refusing to copulate with jihadis.

Pakistan and Blasphemy Laws

A final important point: while non-Muslim women are targeted more than non-Muslim men for sexual reasons, that does not mean that they are targeted less than men when it comes to non-sexual forms of Muslim persecution, such as attacks on “blasphemers” and “apostates.” In Pakistan for example, the most notorious blasphemy case involves a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who has been in prison on death row since 2009; and when a Christian couple was accused of desecrating a Koran, both husband and his pregnant wife were burnt alive in the fire furnace by 5000-6000 muslims mob.

The rape of girls belonging to religious minorities is a very common phenomenon in Pakistan. Christian women are a prime target, because the most vulnerable and defenseless. The majority of cases are not even reported to the police and, when it happens, the perpetrators of violence often go unpunished. The Christian community is still shocked by the recent case of Sumbal, a 5-year-old Christian girl, raped by a group of Muslim men on a street in Lahore. According to data gathered by Fides, each year there are approximately 700 cases of girls belonging to religious minorities who are raped or kidnapped, even for the purpose of conversion.

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