A report released by the Aurat Foundation states that every year over 1000 women from religious minority groups are abducted, raped, and forcibly married to their rapist as they are forcibly converted to Islam.
Forced marriages usually follow a similar pattern: girls, often between the ages of 12 and 25, are abducted, made to convert to Islam, and then married to the abductor or an associate.
Women face significant discrimination, particularly on a religious basis. Those who are forced to marry are often threatened and pressurised by their husband and his family to declare that their conversion was voluntary, even if the case is taken to court.
Forced marriages and conversions are common practice in Pakistan, but are largely ignored by police and civil authorities.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Christianity Today
- Pray for the spiritual, physical and emotional healing of our young sisters who have been abducted, raped and forcibly married in Pakistan.
- Pray that the pressure from the international community will spur civil authorities to seriously investigate cases of abduction and forced conversion in Pakistan.
- Ask the Lord to protect young women and girls. Pray members of the community will do all they can to stop this evil practice.