The Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP) in Pakistan has released a report entitled ‘Forced Marriages & Forced Conversions in the Christian Community of Pakistan’ (published April 2014). According to this report, around 1000 minority girls – some 300 Hindus and 700 Christians – are forced to marry Muslim men in Pakistan every year.
Furthermore, the MSP acknowledged that this is just the tip of the iceberg, as most cases either go unreported or fail to progress.
According to MSP, the forced marriages follow a distinct pattern: a Christian girl aged between 12 and 25 is abducted, ‘converted’ and married to the abductor or a third party. The victim’s family files a report with the police, accusing the abductor. The abductor files a report with the police accusing the Christian family. The case goes to court where the girl – who normally remains in the custody of her abductors – is asked to testify whether or not she left home, converted and was married of her own free will. When the girl testifies that she acted of her own free will (making a false testimony to protect her family) the case is settled. These girls are subjected to violence, rape, forced prostitution, trafficking and sale. The same pattern exists in Egypt where Coptic girls are routinely abducted, ‘converted’ and married to Muslim men.
This is human trafficking across religious lines. Such large scale systematic abuse could not endure without the tacit consent and overt co-operation of Islamic clerics, law enforcement officers and government officials.
Source: Assist New Service, Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
- Ask the Lord to intervene in the lives of those young women to deliver them from their captors.
- Pray the Lord will raise up leaders in Pakistan and Egypt to act justly to bring about change in attitudes and judicial process.
- Ask the Lord to pour out His Holy Spirit into these nations to make Himself known to many and bring about true and everlasting peace.