Saima Masih a Christian Girl Abducted Raped and forcibly converted to Islam
Another Christian girl in Pakistan—16 year old Saima Masih –was abducted, raped, and forcibly converted to Islam by her Muslim landlord, World Vision in Progress reports. The kidnappings of Christian girls in Pakistan have become routine in recent months and are often accompanied by acts of extreme violence, including rape, beatings, and other forms of physical and mental abuse. Once abducted, the girls are often never heard from by their families again.
By Farrukh H. Saif Executive Director WVIP
11/5/2012 Pakistan (World Vision in Progress)- Saima Masih ,16 years old Christian girl, resident of Tehsil Yazman mandi, Bahawalpur, was abducted ,raped and forcibly converted to Islam by one of the influential Muslim Landlord Muhammad Javed . Saima and her family were living in District Bahawalpur, her father Gulzar Masih was a poor cultivator.
Saima Masih was often harassed by Muhammad Javed, who is one of the wealthy Muslims of the Yazman Mandi . On 25th January, 2012, when Saima went to the local Bazzar along with her neighboring friend, she was publicly harassed and proposed by Muhammad Javed for marriage. She instantly refused and insulted him. After reaching home, she reported this incident to her mother and father. On the same evening, parents went to Muhammad Javed ‘s home and complaint to his father Muhammad Riaz. Instead of warning his son, he threatened the poor Christian parents for dare-consequences.
On 9th March, 2012, with the help of Zubaida Bibi (a neighboring lady who had strong relationship with Saima’s family), Muhammad Javed abducted Saima Masih while her parents were not at home .They took Saima to Gujrat where Muhammad Javed and Muhammad Sardar (Uncle of Muhammad Javed) raped her .
Gulzar filed an application against Javed and his family in the local police station, but police took no action against the culprits. After knowing the seriousness of the situation on 15st March, 2012, Muahmmad Javed Forcibly converted her to Islam, after taking her signature and thumb impression on different papers. And then on 21st March he again took the Signature’s of Saima Masih on the Islamic marriage certificate.
For six Months Saima Masih was repeatedly sexually tortured by Muhamamd Javed and his uncle Muhammad Sardar . On 12th September, 2012 Saima got a chance to escape from the place where they had kept her. She reached her home and inform her parents, all what happened to her.
Saima along with her parents went to police station but again No Action was taken against the culprits. As Muhammad Javed is wealthy and influential person.
Mr. Napoleon Qayyum National Director of WVIP avowed that “Many Christian’s girls are raped at the hands of the Muslim people in Pakistan. Rape and abduction has been used as a strong weapon against the Christian and other Religious oppressed community girls in Pakistan, a country where Christians and other Religious communities are treated as the most un-accepted elements of the society, targeting Christian and other girls and women become so pleasure full event for Fanatic Muslims. Christian girls are particularly vulnerable to these types of crimes. Christian girls and women normally don’t file any police reports against such crimes; they usually kept silent because of the fear from the Islamizes as well Christians are also economically very poor and cannot hire any lawyer to defend them. That’s why only two percent rape cases were reported and majority cases were never came on media or press”