Live is tough being a Christian or any other type of religious minority in Pakistan. Constant discrimination and outright incidents of persecution have led these minority communities to feel unsecure in the South Asian country. Christian women experience this insecurity on a more extreme level. Often targeted for abduction, rape, forced conversion and forced marriage, Christian women have little recourse to get justice after an attack or protection to prevent the next. Please pray for these persecuted sisters.
8/5/2012 Pakistan (Christian Today) – Pakistan’s minorities are feeling the effects of Islamic militant organisations which target them for violence, and an Islamic culture that they say makes them feel insecure.
Pakistani women take part in a protest against their treatment organised by LEAD, a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation
Nazia Masih, 28, a Christian nurse from Padri-Jo-Goth, Sanghar District, who works at Cheniot Hospital, Karachi, says she has experienced this firsthand. She was targeted by a man who allegedly tried to abduct her.
On Saturday, August 3, 2013, Nazia talked to the media at the Hyderabad Press Club where she said that death threats are making her and other family members terrified.
She continued, “My family members are in great danger and they are continually being threatened by [the man who tried to abduct me] and his friends … I want … security for my life and my family. We [are being threatened]. We are Christians and poor. That’s why such incidents happened with us. We are not safe in Pakistan, nor our honor or belongings.”
Human rights group, the Masihi Foundation, said in a statement that it was “shameful” that a nurse and her family were having to suffer like this.
The statement continued, “Such incidents should strongly be condemned. Countless Hindu girls are abducted every month from the interior Sindh. The authorities are silent about it, they need to do something to protect them and their honor. We demand the authorities ensure that Nazia Masih and her family are provided protection.”
Her lawyer Dilawar G Bhatti was reportedly attacked by two unknown individuals on a motorbike while he was going home.