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PAKISTAN: Police Fail to Protect Christian Girl

Pakistani authorities have been accused of failing to protect a 17-year-old Christian girl who for years has been sexually harassed and stalked by a Muslim man who threatened to throw acid on her.

The British Pakistani Christian Association said Tuesday that the girl, Samina Iqbal from the town of Rawalpindi, has been heckled since 2013 by a man 10 years her senior who is trying to get her to marry him.

Iqbal said the man has been “accosting her daily on her way to school.”

From her account, according to BPCA, he would often block her path and demand that she speak with him and marry him.

The marriage proposals at the time went against Pakistani law, which states that a bride should be at least 16 years of age, BPCA noted.

The teenager explained that the man would wait for her every day on her way to school.

“For Samina, however, the chance of meeting with him filled her with fear and dread, so much so that often she would stay at home and cry her day away having lost all hope,” BPCA added, noting that the man would also sit outside her house and yell her name.

After family talks with the man failed, Iqbal stopped attending school and did not leave her home for an entire year, becoming seriously ill and depressed.

The BPCA said the suspect has even pulled a dagger and chased away a police officer who wanted to talk to him about the case.

The watchdog group said that police have failed to deal with the man despite his threats, including one instance in which he threatened to throw acid on Iqbal.

The ongoing harassment has forced the Christian teenager to leave her job and see a number of opportunities for a better life cut off.

Sources: Christian Post, British Pakistani Christian Association

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