Barnabas Fund - International Headquarters River Street, Pewsey, Wilthire. Phone: +44 1672 565030 Latitude: 51 deg 23 min 18 sec N Longitude: 1 deg 45 min 48 sec W .
Family fears for missing Christian woman...

Email:

Family fears for missing Christian woman in Pakistan

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

Family fears for missing Christian woman in Pakistan

Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia

The family of a young Christian woman in Pakistan who was allegedly kidnapped by a Muslim man fear that she has been forcibly converted and will be married to her captor.

pakistan%204X3.jpg

Farah Hatim (24), a student nurse in Rahim Yar Khan, South Punjab, went missing on the morning of 8 May as she left for work. Her mother, Bilquees Marriam, said Farah was abducted by the man and his two brothers, and that this family kidnaps Christian girls and forcibly converts them. She said the alleged kidnapper had been threatening Farah in a bid to get her to convert and marry him.

Farah’s mother and six siblings went to the police station to report the incident, but officers refused to accept their complaint, tearing up the application for a First Information Report (FIR), which launches an investigation. The local Christian community gathered in protest outside the police superintendent’s office, demanding the arrest of the suspects and recovery of Farah. Several protestors were injured as the police used force in a bid to disperse them.

The Superintendent ordered an FIR to be registered but this was delayed, giving the suspects time to take Farah to the district court, where she gave a statement. Farah, who was clearly injured, told the judge that had converted voluntarily and wanted to marry the man in question. She was not questioned about her injuries or the statement and did not sign it.

Barrister Zahid Hussain said the judge would normally send everyone out of the courtroom when such a statement was given to ensure it was not being made under duress, but in this case the suspected kidnappers were present.

He added:

The judge even ignored the fact that Farah Hatim was injured, he didn’t question her about the wounds, she didn’t even sign the statement. This clearly shows that she was forced to give the statement and the whole system is supporting and protecting the culprits.

An FIR was eventually registered, but no arrests have been made, and Farah remains held at an undisclosed location.

Human rights activist Rizwan Paul said south Punjab was a safe haven for extremists and that there were many cases of anti-Christian persecution that went unreported. He added:

Unfortunately the administration is protecting the culprits, the local politicians are also protecting them. Hatred for Christians is common here, most of them are treated as animals. We have highlighted several cases of forced conversions and brought it [to] the notice of the authorities, but they put a deaf ear [to] it.

Help us: Share this article

Email:

Family fears for missing Christian woman in Pakistan

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

Other articles

Follow Barnabas

or

receive news & appeal emails as they are published

From Twitter

From Twitter_icon
  • Tony Blair urges Western intervention to combat a “radicalised and politicised view of Islam” around world http://ow.ly/w76N5 9 hours ago

  • Iranian pastor Farshid Fathi hospitalised after beating by prison guards http://ow.ly/w4Liq Wed, Apr 2014 16:20

  • Young Christian man killed by Muslim co-worker in Pakistan for refusing to convert to Islam http://ow.ly/w1Uum Tue, Apr 2014 15:22

  • Christians driven out of Maaloula by Islamist rebels long to return after its recapture by the Syrian army http://ow.ly/vTrgN Thu, Apr 2014 16:37

Daily prayer

Daily prayer_icon
  • Cry out to the Lord for 33 Christians who have been sentenced to death in North Korea. The believers are thought to have been working alongside Kim Jeong-Wook, a South Korean missionary who was arrested in October 2013. Jeong-Wook has admitted trying to “create a network of house churches in North Korea” and was also said to be carrying Bibles and other Christian literature. His alleged associates are accused of trying to overthrow the government and of receiving a large sum of money for the construction of 500 house churches. Pray that these executions will not be carried out and that international pressure will be brought to bear on North Korea to release Kim Jeong-Wook and to cease its intense anti-Christian persecution. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 2 hours ago

  • Praise God for the release of John Short, an Australian missionary who was detained in North Korea for distributing Christian leaflets. John, who is 75 and based in Hong Kong, was reported to security officials in Pyongyang after he was spotted leaving a Christian leaflet at a Buddhist temple, an act that is illegal in North Korea. Further Korean-language Christian pamphlets were subsequently found in his hotel room. John, who was released on 3 March after two weeks in custody, was required to sign a confession probably scripted by the authorities. Other foreign missionaries arrested in North Korea have been given long prison sentences. Give thanks to God that John has escaped further punishment, and pray for him as he recovers from his traumatic ordeal. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Pray for Barnabas Fund partners in South Sudan who have been supporting Christians forced from their homes by violence. Conflict between supporters of President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar in December and January displaced around 860,000 people. Churches were burned down and a number of pastors killed, while many people lost their belongings and were left destitute. Give thanks that churches in and around the capital, Juba, were able to provide food and other essentials to many families with help from Barnabas. Pray that they may continue to be salt and light in their country at this unstable time (Matthew 5:13-16), and that it will soon be safe for displaced Christians to return home. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Pray for the residents of a mainly Christian village in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, in the aftermath of a horrific attack by Boko Haram militants on 15 February. Ask for God’s comfort for the relatives and friends of the 106 people in Izghe who were gunned down and slaughtered in their houses or in the open as they tried to flee. Pray for strength for the numerous residents who were wounded or whose properties were looted and torched. Pray too for the many Christians who fled into the neighbouring state after the attack, and ask that the Christian community in the North of Nigeria will be preserved in the face of Islamist violence. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Violent attacks by militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram continue unabated in Northern Nigeria. On one horrendous day of violence on 26 January, at least 138 people were killed. A church in Wada Chakawa village in Adamawa state was targeted; the attackers locked the congregation inside and then detonated bombs, shooting and cutting the throats of people who tried to escape. They then went on a four-hour rampage in the village. Later the same day, Kawuri village in neighbouring Borno state was burned to the ground. Boko Haram is fighting to establish an Islamic state, and Christians are among its main targets. Pray that the Nigerian authorities will succeed in containing its insurgency. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Apr 2014 00:00

© Barnabas Fund 1997 - 2014 All rights reserved.
Barnabas Fund & Barnabas Aid are registered trade marks