Christian girl gang raped in Pakistan
The girl was found abandoned following the incident. The family filed a complaint with the police in Lahore. One of the rapists was arrested and the other has asked for bail.
The Christian community of Lahore is outraged at the news of the gang rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl, Muqadas, on August 2.
Muqadas is one of the four daughters of Liaqat Masih, a poor Christian. All four Masih girls work as maids in the homes of middle class Muslims. Muqadas and her older sister Asma were returning home from work, when Muqadas was kidnapped by two Muslim men and three women. They took her inside a closed school and the two men, identified as Ashraf Alias Achi and Ghaffor Alias Paida, raped her repeatedly in turn.
The girl was later abandoned. The family filed a complaint with the police in Lahore. One of the rapists was arrested and the other has asked for bail. Masih family is in a state of shock and is assisted by the NGO LEAD led by Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill. "We will do everything so that this violence does not go unpunished," said Gill adding that the family has already been intimidated to withdraw the complaint.
"In Pakistan, rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families. It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims. The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities, who are the most vulnerable. Rarely rapists are punished. Furthermore, rape victims face terrible difficulties; they do not receive adequate medical treatment for sexual assault. Many girls are traumatized and become depressed and is in need of psychological assistance," Gill explained the situation.
Source: Agenzia Fides