Several young Christian girls in Pakistan have been beaten, raped, or imprisoned to punish them or their family members for breaking religious taboos.
An eight-year-old girl was kidnapped, beaten, stripped naked, and left on the streets to shame her uncle who was dating a Muslim woman. Village authorities refused to help, and arrested members of her family instead of the attackers. (Source ACLJ) You can sign a petition on her behalf here.
The Asian Human Rights Commission charges that a 12 year old Christian girl was lured away by a friend’s uncle while on a shopping trip. She was driven 120 miles away and raped for eight months before she was able to escape. Authorities are threatening the girl’s parents with criminal charges if they don’t hand her over to her kidnapper (who claims he is married to her). Her parents reported her missing in January 2015, but the authorities refused to do anything. Her abductor is affiliated with a radical religious organization, the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. (Source Daily Mail, Christian Today)
A young Christian girl was imprisoned and beaten by the headmistress of her school for using a Muslim bathroom. The third grade student, Sara Bibi, was locked in the bathroom for 3 hours, excoriated by the headmistress, and has been expelled from the school. Her family is now in hiding. Senator Sherry Rehman introduced the situation to the Pakistani Senate, and an investigation has been initiated. (Source Christian Today)
Violence against women and girls is rising in Pakistan, and the laws reinforce this violence. It affects women of all religious affiliations, resulting in the false imprisonment of hundreds of women throughout the country. For more information see The Human Lens discussions on violence against women in Pakistan.
Please pray, pray, pray for the political and religious situation in Pakistan. You may also write your political representatives, urging congress to do all they can to stand up for the basic human rights of all people. Violence against the defenseless is an every day issue in the United States of America, as well. We need to do all that we can to support those who cannot defend themselves. Please share ways that you find to help them, with us!