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Family of Abducted Christian Coptic Teenager Assaulted By Muslim Mob

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“There is pressure being practiced to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands”

By Mary Abdelmassih

06/09/2009 Egypt (AINA)-In another incident of abduction and forced Islamization of Coptic minor girls, 16-year old Nermeen Mitry was abducted by a Muslim man to coerce her into converting to Islam. She was successfully recovered on the same day by her family, who did their own investigation and search to locate her.

Nermeen was abducted from El-Mahalla by Muslim Hossam Hamouda in conspiracy with his aunt Leila Attia; she was hidden away by a third person called Nasser Abu Deif from Assuit in Upper Egypt, at the home of one of his female relatives called Rasha Soliman in Zagazig.

The success of recovering the Coptic girl led to anger, revenge and assaults from the disappointed village Muslims against her family. Nearly 150 Muslims, armed with swords and clubs, physically assaulted five family members of the abducted Coptic teenager, as they drove back to their village after being forced into reconciliation with the abductor’s family by State Security, compromising their right to pursue the case any further. “With every blow on us, they chanted ‘There is only one Allah’ while the Police stood there watching the assault, until we could take no more and three of us were hospitalized,” said Nermeen’s uncle Sameh Mitry in an aired interview with Coptic News on 6/7/2009. “They dragged us out of the car saying “Get out you followers of the Dog’s religion!’ They were consumed with anger ever since we got our girl back.”

The police rounded up11 Copts including the assaulted family and 14 Muslims. “The police let the real attackers go free and were just arresting people randomly,” said Sameh. “We were released after 3 days except for two Copts whom the State Security held as pawns — just in case we made any trouble they would be detained for a long time,” said Sameh.

“The man was very confident and told me that I would be the fourth Coptic girl to ‘know the true Allah’ and convert to Islam through him. He also said that a member of my family was converted 15 years ago by him. I told him I am engaged to be married when I come of age, and would never convert to Islam as this would be a catastrophe for me. He did his best to make me change my mind, and then left me alone for a while.”

The systematic Islamization of Coptic girls has been going on for more than 30 years, Coptic Pope Shenouda protested during a conference held in Alexandria on December 17th, 1976 that “there is pressure being practiced to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands” and demanded that the abducted girls be brought back to their families.

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