Farah Shaheen, 12, of Gulistan Colony, Faisalabad, was kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam and married to a 45-year-old Muslim kidnapper, Khizar Hayat, in June.
Farah, who lost her mother five years ago is the second among six siblings.
According to Farah’s father Asif Masih, Khizar took Farah to a nearby mosque and announced that a 12-year-old Christian girl who has now converted to Islam is married to him.
Asif went to the police but rather than receiving help from the authorities Asif was rebuked, dismissed and threatened.
Asif said, “I went to the local police station several times but it was no use. I pleaded with them to bring my daughter back but they refused to take any action against the kidnapper.” One policeman told Asif to forget about his daughter and be happy because she has converted to Islam.
On another occasion, the police threatened Asif, saying that if he ever went retuned to the police station, they would register a blasphemy case against him and he would have to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Protests by Faisalabad’s Christian community finally forced the police to produce Farah in the magistrate’s court. Farah said in her statement that she had married Khizar of her own free will. But Farah had already been in the kidnapper’s custody for months by then and has likely been threatened.
The court completely ignored the fact that Farah is visibly a minor and allowed her to be returned to her abductor.
Asif calls the attitude of the police humiliating and the court’s decision biased as both favoured the kidnapper, because he is Christian.
Asif’s neighbour, Jamal Haider, confirms Asif’s allegations. He said, “Once I accompanied Asif to a village near Hafizabad to meet the young Farah. It broke my heart to see such a little girl forcefully married to such an old man. How can the magistrate allow such an incident to take place?”
Source: Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement
- Ask the Lord for His powerful intervention in this case. Ask for His favour on behalf of Farah, Asif and the Christian community.
- Pray for the Lord’s protection over Farah’s mind and body. Pray against any evil action against her.
- Pray those in higher positions within Pakistan’s government will intervene in this case to seek justice, and work against bias and ineptitude within the police.
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