ASIA/PAKISTAN - Christian girl kidnapped with the aim of conversion and forced marriage

Monday, 11 January 2016 conversion   islam   religious minorities  

Kasur (Agenzia Fides) - An eighteen year old Christian of Kasur district, Punjab Pakistan, was kidnapped by a Muslim man with his accomplices while she was alone in the house. The parents have filed a complaint against the kidnappers. The family contacted Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, who agreed to follow the case and to provide free legal assistance.
"Given the experience of a number of cases like this, I can say that often the kidnappers take Christian girls with the aim of forced conversion to Islam and marriage" explains Sardar Mushtaq Gill to Fides.
"It is common for women of religious minorities to be kidnapped and the authors of such kidnappings enjoy impunity, because there is no legislation on forced conversion" adds the lawyer, who leads the NGO Lead (Legal Evangelical Association Development). "With our organization Lead we are trying to point out the problem of forced conversion to the authorities, supporting good legislation concerning forced conversion" adds Gill. According to data of NGOs, there are about a thousand girls of Christian and Hindu religious minorities who are kidnapped every year in Pakistan. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 11/01/2016)

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