13-Year-Old Christian Girl Abducted, Forced to Convert to Islam and Marry Her Captor

Pakistani Christians shout slogans as they take part in a protest in Lahore on September 23, 2013, against the suicide bombing of a church in the north-western city of Peshawar. The death toll from a double suicide bombing on a church in Pakistan rose to 81, as Christians protested across the country to demand better protection for their community. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALIArif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

A Christian teenager in Pakistan was recently abducted and forcefully converted to Islam. And now her abductors are using the country’s legal system to keep her from returning home.

The Christian persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern reported that on Feb. 6, 13-year-old Sadaf Masih was abducted by three men identified as Maqbool Hussain, Mubashir Hussain Baloch and Azhir Hussain Baloch.

When Masih’s family became aware of the Christian girl’s abduction, they reached out to the family of the abductors who told them that she would be returned to them.

However, after eight days, the abductors told the Christian family that Masih was married and had converted to Islam. They then showed the family a marriage certificate which falsely claimed she was 18, an age old enough to get legally married in Pakistan.

When her family protested, the abductors threatened them and warned that if they tried to contact the teen, there would be “consequences of the law.”

ICC notes that abductions and forced conversions to Islam are common for religious minorities in Pakistan, as an estimated 1,000 women from Pakistan’s Christian and Hindu communities are abducted, raped, and forcefully converted to Islam each year. Pakistan ranks as the fifth worst nation in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List.

“Violence against women and girls — including rape, murder through so-called honor killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, and forced marriage — remained routine,” noted a recent Human Rights Watch report on Pakistan.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett