A 17-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan was raped and strangled to death by members of a Muslim family because she didn’t carry out her assigned household chores to their satisfaction, according to a Pakistan-based group.
Citing a report Tuesday by the the private charity Christians in Pakistan, the Christian Post said the murder of Kainat Salamat, daughter of Salamat Masih, occurred last week in Kamonki, Gujranwala district.
The Christian family had given up their daughter to the Muslim family as an indentured servant because of their poverty, a common practice in Pakistan.
In a report to police, Masih said he arrived to visit his daughter at the home of Muhammad Asif, where she had worked since age 11.
The father said that he and another relative saw Asif, Asif’s wife, another woman, Muhammad Kashif, Muhammad Tariq Pasran and Muhammad Ismael hold down Kainat’s legs and arms.
The Christian Post said the Muslim family tied a rope around the girl’s neck and strangled her despite her father’s pleas.
The father claimed his daughter was killed for failing to do the house cleaning properly.
The British Pakistani Christian Association said the girl’s body was taken to Civil Hospital Gujranwala where doctors found evidence she had suffered rape.
BPCA has launched a petition drive against domestic servitude of Christian girls in Pakistan, pointing to widespread abuse and in some cases death.
BPCA said it’s common for Christian families in such cases to be offered a bribe by wealthy Muslims to drop assault or murder charges.
Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of BPCA, said the legal “get out of jail” payments are “enshrined in Sharia law and adopted in Pakistan.”
In April, the Christian Post noted, a 21-year-old Christian who was set on fire after rejecting such a proposal from a Muslim man died in hospital from her injuries.
Commenting on the story, Jihad Watch contributor Christine Douglass-Williams said the “barbarism continues against Christians, while those who pretend to advocate for human rights and democracy remain agonizingly silent about it.”
“Instead, they call those who care about this persecution and call it out ‘islamophobic,'” she said.
Douglass-Williams said the Pakistan story “is particularly disturbing, as the whole Muslim family partook of this torture right in front of the Christian teen’s father.”