Christians in Pakistan fear a 14-year-old girl kidnapped by several men will be forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim.
Shamim Kausor, of the district of Toba Tek Singh in Punjab province, was abducted from her home Dec. 31 by men who pulled up in a jeep and took her away by gunpoint, according to the Washington, D.C.-based persecution monitor International Christian Concern.
ICC said young Christian girls in Pakistan often are abducted and raped and forced to marry Muslim men but generally have no rights or recourse for the crimes committed against them.
This was the second abduction of Kausor, and several neighbors recognized a man who kidnapped her several months ago.
At that time, Kausor’s father, Afzal Masih, employed the help of police to rescue his daughter. He tried to initiate legal proceedings against the man but was strongly dissuaded by Muslim village leaders.
The kidnapper taunted and threatened the girl after the first abduction, ICC reported.
At one point he said, “A beautiful girl like you should not remain Christian. I will make you Muslim and you will bear a Muslim child.”
The police are not interested in helping Masih this time, however, ICC said.
In November, 15-year-old Pakistani Christian boy was kidnapped and taken to a strict Islamic religious school where he was beaten to submission and forced to declare he is a Muslim, according to an international aid group.