The perversity of Pakistan's police - promoting paedophilia (if it's a Christian or minority group victim, of course....)
The BPCA has been notified of a sordid attack on a 12 year old Christian Girl who was kidnapped and raped for a period of approximately 8months.
On the 24th December 2010 the victim (unnamed) the daughter of a Mr Arif Masih (residing in WAPDA Colony, Shadra, Lahore), was visited by a Muslim friend reportedly known as Miss Nisha. Miss Nida asked her to join her on a shopping trip and took her to a car in which her uncle a Mr Muhammed Irfan was present. The victim was taken on a long journey before being taken into a house and raped. Two days later women relatives of the rapist reported as Mumtaz Bibi, Farzana Bibi and Kiran Bibi along with her friend Nida forced her to sign papers consenting to a marriage to Mohammed Irfan, under the threat that she would not be released unless she complied. Despite signing she was not released
The victim was then taken to a number of Islamic places where she was forced to adopt Islam and severely beaten when she rejected their request.
The parents of the victim have reported these crimes to the Police who have challenged the family to return the girl to the rapist who they believe is legally married to the girl, despite the legal age of marriage without parental consent being set at 16 years for girls - under the Child Marriage Restraint act of 1929 (Click here for act).
The Asian Human Rights Commision reported on the incident:
A 12-year-old Christian girl was abducted and raped for eight months. The rapists have not been arrested because of their affiliation with a militant Muslim organization. The police are also refusing to order a medical checkup. The Judicial Magistrate of the area took her statement under section 164 Cr Pc (Criminal Procedure Code) but has not made any orders for her security. One of the rapist claims that he has married the girl but she denies that any marriage took place during her abduction and captivity.
The police have warned the Christian parents that it would be better to hand over the girl to her 'legal' husband (the rapist) otherwise a criminal case will be filed against them.
After her abduction, her father filed an FIR against unknown people on 5/1/2011.F I R NO 18/11. Sr. No 2138 to the Factory area police station district Shaikhupura, Lahore. However, the police took no action for eight months.
In the first week of September 2011, more than eight months after her disappearance, Anna called her family from Tandianwalla, district Faisalabad, 190 kilometers from Lahore, and told them that she had been abducted but had escaped and was hiding at a bus stop. The parents went there and recovered her. She was brought back to her home and the parents produced her before the First Class Magistrate, factory area, Shadra, Miss Aasma Tehseen, who recorded her statement under section 164 of Cr Pc but did not order any action for her protection or a medical checkup.
The rapists then immediately contacted the police through their religious group and produced a marriage certificate showing that one of them, Muhammad Irfan, was married to her. When Anna's parents went to the factory area police station to change the FIR to include the names of the rapists in the case the police flatly refuse to allow this and said she that as she had married and converted to Islam it would be better to hand over the girl to her legal husband. If they refused they were told that a criminal case would be filed against them.
The Christian family is in hiding from the rapists and the police and according to the Christian community, the religious extremists, who are from a banned organization, the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, are searching them. The abductors are claiming that she is pregnant but her mother denies that this is true. And in fact, make no difference whatsoever to the girl's plight.
The irony of the matter is that the police never thought to ask the rapists and their religious groups as to how a girl of 12 could be married when according to the law marriage under the age of 16 is illegal. This is yet another example of how the Punjab provincial government is allegedly patronizing banned militant organizations.
The BPCA condemns this recent attack and has created a petition calling for the Pakistani Government to ensure that justice prevails, we also call for the British Government to ensure that their counterparts in Pakistan see justice done. Please sign our petition below:
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Please pray for the victim and her family to have the strength to see through this case until justice is done. Pray also for the government of Pakistan to recognise it's responsibility to the victim and her family.