A Christian family is being pressured to compromise on charges against two men who allegedly abducted raped and tortured 15-year-old Fouzia Bibi from village Roday (District of Kasur). On 25 January, Fouzia was delivering milk to the landlord when two men armed with pistols reportedly abducted and assaulted her, leaving her unconscious.
Fouzia’s cousin Alam Ashiq was assisting the family. However Fouzia’s father was recently notified that those accused of the rape had enlisted law enforcement cooperation from the city of Muridkey. This has resulted in Alam being arrested for involvement in “a case” (details not known). Using Alam as a lever, law enforcement officials are pressuring the family to compromise on the charges so that bail can be granted to the alleged rapists.
Representative Sardar Mushtaq Gill said it is a common occurrence for complainants to be pressured by a variety of different tactics, including making them allegedly involved in unspecified crimes with the intent of bringing about compromise.
Sources: Legal Evangelical Association Development, Assist News Service, Strategic World Impact
- Pray our Lord will minister comfort and healing to Fouzia and her family.
- Ask for God’s mighty intervention in the situation, granting wisdom to the family’s legal representatives, favour with the court officials, dismissal of the false charges against Alam and justice for the perpetrators.
- Pray the Lord will protect Christian women and girls from targeted violence in Pakistan.