Friday 7 February 2014

One More Christian girl abducted, converted and forcibly married to an influential Muslim man

Punjab:The Christian family from Layyah staged a protest in front of Lahore Press club along with other Christian leaders and demanding justice from Punjab Government.
This latest case involves a sixteen years age girl from Chak 270 TDA Layyah District, Ms.Samariya ,who was abducted when the girl was on her way to school in the first decade of January 2014 and after abduction she forcibly married to a rich Muslim landlord.

The family filed a complaint at Layyah Police Station which was registered FIR No 14/14, under Section 365 B PPC.  

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a human rights Defender and Chief of LEAD ,has appealed to Punjab Chief Minister,Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take action and make recover Samariya to her parents and take legal proceedings against her abductor.

There are many such examples that young Christian women and girls "are forcefully converted and married to Muslim landlords who keep them as slaves and often after passing sometime would be killed or burnt,"said Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill.

The one shocking incident took place on 29 January, 2014, when one Christian woman brick kiln worker, namely Ms.Salamatay Bibi 48 years age and her son, Mr.Arshad Masih alias Papu and his family, and two others, were “brutally beaten along with their families including women, and children” by local brick kiln owner and six “unknown” persons, and later were forcibly taken to his Brick Kiln“with the threat of weapons.”

LEAD request all our brothers and sisters to stand with us in prayers so that we could be encouraged to raise our voice on behalf of abducted Christian girl and her family.

LEAD has offered to give free legal assistance to the victim family.In Pakistan kidnapping,forcibly conversion and forced marriage are a major issue with religious minorities. 

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