Five Muslim men reportedly kidnapped and raped a teenage Christian girl in Pakistan — yet authorities refuse to respond to her family’s desperate calls for justice.
UCANews.com reports the 15-year-old girl named Maria was taken from her house in Sheikhupura city of Punjab province on June 9 at gunpoint. At the time of the kidnapping, the girl’s father, Jalal Masih, was at his job working as a laborer.
Masih filed a police report accusing Muhammad Sajid, a local businessman, and four others in the attack in which there were several witnesses.
“The locals saw them abducting her at gunpoint in a vehicle. I reached his (Sajid’s) office but he was absent,” Masih said in the First Information Report (FIR) filed six days after the incident. “We made contact the next day and he threatened to return her dead body if we informed the police.”
“Sajid escaped after leaving Maria on our doorstep on June 10 night. She was extremely scared,” her father said.
As the news spread on social media, various Christian activists and human rights groups are calling for the arrest of the suspects.
The interfaith group Rwadari Tehreek launched an anti-rape campaign with a protest on June 15 in front of the Punjab Assembly in Lahore.
“It is a sad reality that dozens of male and female children are subjected to sexual abuse and violence almost every day,” Chairman Samson Salamat told UCANews, adding that Pakistan police continually turn a “blind eye toward these serious violations of human rights and the victims are being denied justice because of the lacunas in the justice system.”
Salamat also called local officials to organize sessions to educate police officers and other law enforcement officials on the issue.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett