Thirteen-year-old Young Pakistani Girl Rescued After Being Kidnapped and Forced Into Marriage

Image of Mehak and her baby courtesy of 8thirty8 on Facebook.

Christian Pakistani girls face serious danger. Not only are they a persecuted religious minority, but they are often targeted as forced child brides.

JoAnn Doyle with 8thirty8, a Facebook group of Uncharted Ministries dedicated to prayer, says that in Pakistan, it is not uncommon for older Muslim men to target and kidnap young Christian girls. These young women are forced to convert to Islam and “marry” their kidnappers. Their forced husbands then rape them, hoping they will get pregnant.

Once a girl is tied to her kidnapper by children and her “new” religion, there is little hope that she will be able to get help. Culturally, she faces deep shame; many of these girls are rejected by family even if they are able to return home. Additionally, Pakistani courts do not provide justice for women facing this horror.

Mehak’s Story

One such case was recently brought to the attention of 8thirty8 by a local Christian in Pakistan. Thirteen-year-old Mehak endured kidnapping, forced conversion, and repeated rape by a man in his 40s or 50s. Soon she was pregnant.

Yet miraculously, her family was able to rescue her and flee from Mehak’s new “husband”. The malnourished girl was facing a difficult pregnancy. Even with the help of her family and Christians in the area, she was struggling. However, when 8thirty8 received her prayer request, they were able to act.

This was the first time 8thirty8 had acted on a prayer request financially. Doyle says, “God has answered our prayers so powerfully and so specifically. But we also felt like he was calling us to come alive and come alongside her family and help them financially.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that God would provide a safe place for Mehak and her family to live and worship.
  • Pray for justice for Mehak’s kidnapper.
  • Ask God for Pakistani courts to provide avenues of justice for women in Mehak’s situation.