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08 September 2008

Eleven year old Pakistan Christian girl allegedly raped

1ac5311cbb0f75caa1c9643bfd666263.jpgIncident ‘took place’ a day ahead of Ramadan

SARGODHA, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- A Muslim master allegedly raped his eleven year old Christian domestic servant on September 1, 2008, a day ahead of the advent of Ramadan.

Sana, the alleged rape victim, told ANS that the man she was working for had been making attempts to sexually abuse her since she started working at his house.

A resident of Gunnianwala, Sana said she had confided to her mother, Mumtaz, about the unease she was experiencing while working at this house.

Economic worries, however, forced the impoverished girl to continue working for her master amid fears of being sexually assaulted.

“He continued to harass me even though I told him that I would tell his wife if he did not stop harassing me,” said the alleged rape victim.

Sana said the accused allegedly raped her in the afternoon on September 1. She claimed that the man and his wife threatened her with dire consequences if she ever revealed the truth.

The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) Zonal Youth Coordinator, Furrukh Tanvir Chaudhry, told ANS that the wronged family approached him when the girl did not reach home.


Sana and her family members

He said he helped the family file an application in the Sargodha Satellite Police Station against the accused.

“[The man] kicked Sana out of his house when he learnt that an application had been lodged against him at the police station,” he alleged. “It merits mentioning here that the Police have arrested [the man] and are investigating.”

Chaudhry said they rushed the girl to the district headquarter Sargodha hospital on September 2 where he claimed that the attitude of the medics was “callous” and “indifferent.”

“They would have never agreed to do medical examination of the girl if Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, a Member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly, had not intervened,” he claimed.

“You are simply not doing the examination of the girl since she happens to be a Christian,” Furrukh quoted Tahir as saying to a doctor at the hospital.

Chaudhry added, “We are optimistic that Sana's medical examination would be done tomorrow.”

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Minorities Concern of Pakistan

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Sept. 9, 2008
Threatening Letters To Christians For Forcibly Conversion
By Aftab Mughal
About after an year, once again Christians of Shantinagr, a Christian village in south Punjab, Pakistan, received threatening letters by post, in which they were asked to convert to Islam or ready for die or leave the area. Nine Christian religious and political leaders received the menacing mail on Sept.3 by post. Like previous mail there is no dead line for the threat.
The letter says that, “Don’t think we have forget you. We are after you and we will teach you a lesson if you will not obey our advice.”
The letters have no names of the sanders, but the message is almost the same. “Although each letter has little different form others, the message is for conversion,” Kaleem Dutt, one of the recipients of the letter told Minorities Concern of Pakistan by phone.
About fifteen days before these letters, few Christian families who live outside the village on their agricultural lands were attacked in night by some miscreants. The tortured them, beaten them, insulted them and looted them. They also asked the Christian that they should leave the area otherwise they will treated like this.
This is not the first time that Christians of this area received these sorts of letters. Last year, 10 Christians of the same village twice received the same type of correspondence with the same message. That time the dead-line to convert to Islam was mentioned in the letters which was ten days. “Thanks God nothing happened after those ten days, so people feel relaxed,” Saleem Dutt, a villager form Shantinagar told Minorities Concern of Pakistan (MCP).
The new mail once again threatened Christians and they are so scared. Although the Christians have not yet informed the area police officer, they are planning to see District police Officer. They have informed the police officers of the special branch and arranged a security system around the village.
Last year, during the months of May, June and August, along with people of Shantinagar, religious minorities of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), especially Christians of Charsada and Peshawar, capital of NWFP, also received threatening letters from the unknown militants. The letters’ message was to change their religions and converted to Islam.
Recently, on June 21, 2008, Islamic militants kidnapped 16 Christians in a raid that took place on June 21, 2008 around 8pm while they were worshiping in the house of Salamat Masih, a Christian, in Peshawar. They were taken to the Khayber Agency, near to the boarder with Afghanistan. However, after couple of hours they were released after government’s negotiation with the militants.
Last year when Christians of Shantinagar received the intimidating letter, they immediately informed the police authorities about the letters and also gave the phone numbers of the threatening phone calls “but police did nothing,” Christians complained. “This is the reason why this time still we have not informed the police,” Dutt said.

There are many militants groups are active in the country especially in the tribal region of NWFP, but it is l not still clear which militant group is behind these imitating letters.
The Christians of Shantinagar are living under constant threat of attack by the militants. The apprehension of people of Shantinagar is genuine because on Feb. 6, 1997 this village was attacked by a mob of about 2000 people when the whole village was burnt and destroyed while about 300 policemen were present out side the village. Christians were allegedly accused of insulting the holy Quran. So within hours, about 80 percent village was annihilated. Almost 800 houses were destroyed and 2500 people were affected. In the attack, about 2000 Bibles were also burnt. A judicial inquiry was held but still the findings of the inquiry are not made public. Moreover, police arrested 97 persons in this connection but nobody was convicted.
Threat of forcibly converted to Islam is not a new phenomenon. In many cases Christians are forced to convert to Islam and after their resistance they were killed. On June 29, 2007, in such case a Christian was murdered by an influential man.
In many cases, Christian, Hindu and Sikh women have been kidnapped and concerted to Islam and then forcibly married to Muslim men.
According to minority rights groups estimates, around 600 people a year are forcibly converted to Islam. END

Aftab Mughal
Minorities Concern of Pakistan
Sept. 9, 2008

Posted by: Aftab Mughal | 10 September 2008

god is great provider in all respect of life.
god prevent there people under shed.

Posted by: Maqsood Masih | 21 October 2008

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