Muqadas Liaqat, a 15-year-old Christian girl, was gang raped by two Muslim men on 2 August at Baghwanpura, Lahore.
A case was registered against the two Muslim attackers, Ashraf and Muhammad Ghafoor, at the local police station shortly after the attack. According to sources, both of the accused were arrested and are reported to still be in police custody.
‘I was coming home in the afternoon along with my elder sister Asma, when four people including two men and two women stopped us on the road and started beating us and abusing us. They beat my sister and dragged me into an auto-rickshaw. The kidnappers forcefully put some liquid into my mouth, which made me unconscious for a while,” Muqadas said.
“Both the men took turns raping me and the women threatened me and my family if I spoke out against them,” Muqadas continued.
According to Muqadas’ mother, “Muqadas was to be baptised on the day of the incident. She was very happy for this blessing since the morning; however, this incident has affected her spiritual and social life.”
“This incident has brought Muqadas to become very depressed. She is continuously on edge and cries during the whole night.’
The family are now being pressured from members of the community.
Christian women are too often the targets of brutal attacks because of their low social status due to their religious identity and gender. With a society and legal system that are both biased against non-Muslims and women in general, pursuing justice is near impossible, especially for Christian women who often come from meagre financial backgrounds.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Please pray the Lord will physically, emotionally and spiritually heal this young girl. Pray she will know that the Lord walks with her during this difficult time.
- Pray the Lord will ensure justice in this life for Muqadas and her family.
- Pray the Lord will protect the vulnerable in Pakistan; ask Him to bring genuine change in the attitudes towards women and minorities in this nation.