Samina Bibi, the mother of Christian girl Shakina Johnson, has complained that the police are not making enough effort to recover her kidnapped daughter.
Samina is understandably upset, and every passing day is devastating for the family. The well-being of Shakina is unknown.
According to Samina, Shakina went missing on 19 February and the police have made no serious effort to find her.
Source: Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement
She was allegedly kidnapped by Ali Sher, taken to another city, Depalpur, where he forcibly converted her to Islam and married her. Samina said that Shakina is only 13 but a certificate given to the family stated that she is 18 years old and that after her conversion, her name was changed from Shakina to Shazia Bibi.
The case was registered against Ali Sher on 21 February at Khana Police Station but, despite orders from the Additional and Sessions Judge Jahanzaid Chatha, the police have failed to locate Shakina.
On 19 February, Shakina went to work with her mother. Both Samina and Shakina are domestic workers. Late in the afternoon, Samina went to pick her daughter up from the house where she worked, but Shakina wasn’t there.
Upon asking the employer, Samina was told that her daughter had already left. She was shocked because Shakina never went anywhere alone. Samina started looking for her, but it was all in vain.
After Shakina had been missing for four days, the family was informed that a Muslim man, Ali Sher, had abducted her, married her and took her to Depalpur.
“Nobody knew that we would lose our daughter one day,” Samina said. “There is not much hope from the police but we hope to get justice from the court.”
Since January 2021, at least four Hindu and five Christian girls have been abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. While these are the reported cases, the actual number could be much higher.
Let us pray.
- Ask the Lord to intervene in Shakina’s situation. Ask Him to protect and preserve her and give her and her family His peace and strength. Pray she will soon be restored to her family.
- Pray for favour as the family deals with the authorities.
- Pray the authorities in Pakistan will do more to protect Christian girls from kidnappers and will pursue justice for affected families. Pray the Lord would bring repentance to Ali Sher.