Saima Masih a Christian Girl Abducted Raped and forcibly converted to Islam.

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Saima Masih, a 16-year-old Christian girl from Tehsil Yazman Mandi in Bahawalpur, was abducted, raped, and forcibly converted to Islam by an influential Muslim landlord, Muhammad Javed. Saima and her family lived in District Bahawalpur, and her father, Gulzar Masih, was a poor cultivator.

Saima Masih frequently faced harassment from Muhammad Javed, a wealthy Muslim in Yazman Mandi. On January 25, 2012, while Saima was at the local bazaar with her neighbor, Muhammad Javed publicly harassed her and proposed marriage. She immediately rejected his advances and insulted him. Upon returning home, she reported the incident to her parents. Later that evening, her parents went to Muhammad Javed’s house to complain to his father, Muhammad Riaz. Instead of addressing his son’s behavior, Muhammad Riaz threatened the impoverished Christian parents.

On March 9, 2012, with the assistance of Zubaida Bibi, a neighbor with close ties to Saima’s family, Muhammad Javed abducted Saima Masih while her parents were away. They transported her to Gujrat, where both Muhammad Javed and Muhammad Sardar (Muhammad Javed’s uncle) raped her.

Gulzar filed a complaint against Javed and his family at the local police station, but the police took no action against the culprits. Recognizing the severity of the situation on March 15, 2012, Muhammad Javed forcibly converted Saima to Islam, obtaining her signature and thumb impression on various documents. On March 21, he once again acquired Saima Masih’s signature on an Islamic marriage certificate.

For six months, Saima Masih endured repeated sexual abuse at the hands of Muhammad Javed and his uncle, Muhammad Sardar. On September 12, 2012, Saima managed to escape her captors and returned home, where she informed her parents of the horrors she had endured.

Saima, along with her parents, approached the police station, but once again, no action was taken against the perpetrators, given Muhammad Javed’s wealth and influence.

When the WVIP (Women’s Voice and International Peace) organization learned of this incident, their legal team reached out to the family and filed an application to register an FIR (First Information Report) against Muhammad Javed. Unfortunately, the application was rejected by the session court of Bahawalpur. WVIP has since filed a petition in the High Court to register an FIR against the culprits. Saima and her family continue to receive threats from Muhammad Javed and other influential political figures, demanding that they withdraw the case, or face dire consequences. Due to these threats, Saima and her family are currently in hiding at WVIP’s safe-house.

Mr. Saif emphasized, “Many Christian girls in Pakistan fall victim to rape at the hands of Muslim individuals. Rape and abduction are frequently used as weapons against Christian and other religious minority girls in Pakistan. In a society where Christians and other religious communities are marginalized, targeting Christian and other girls and women has become a disturbing pattern for fanatic Muslims. Christian girls are especially vulnerable to these types of crimes. They often do not report such incidents to the police due to fear of reprisal from radical Islamists. Moreover, many Christians are economically disadvantaged and cannot afford legal representation. This is why only a small percentage of rape cases are reported, and the majority go unreported by the media.”

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