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A Christian woman in the Toba Tak Singh District in Pakistan was recently attacked and gang raped by two Muslim men while her husband was away serving in the army. According to the victim’s testimony, the rapists threatened to kill her and rape her 2-year-old daughter if she resisted. Christian women and girls are often targeted for violent crime because of the low social standing their religious identity and gender give them in Pakistani society. Rarely do Christian rape victims receive justice from Pakistani authorities who often are bias against Christians and give in to pressures applied from Pakistan’s majority Muslim society. 

4/26/2016 Pakistan (Christian Post) – A Christian woman in Pakistan was brutally attacked and gang-raped by two young Muslim men while her husband was away serving in the army.

The attackers also threatened the woman’s young daughter, the British Pakistani Christian Association said on Monday, forcing her to comply with their demands.

“The men treated me like an animal, telling me I was a worthless Christian, but I know my God is a great God. When I screamed they told me that they knew my husband was away and that I was unprotected. They threatened to kill my child if I did not comply with their perverse demands,” said the victim, 30-year-old Asia Mushtaq from the Toba Tak Singh district.

“They said Christian women are all whores and they would come back and repeat their debauchery if I ever told anyone. I feel so unclean now, but have done nothing wrong. I want these men to be punished and hope the law will protect me,” she added.

The husband, 32-year-old Shakil Khan, was on duty in Peshawar at the time serving the army.

The Muslim attackers knew that Khan was away when they entered the family home at night and attacked Mushtaq. They reportedly bound her wrists and ankles to the bed, before raping her, and threatened to kill her 2-year-old daughter if she resisted.

The Christian woman reported the violent attack at Rajanan Police Station first thing in the morning, and BPCA confirmed that a First Information Report has been registered.

The alleged rapists have since been apprehended by the police, the human rights group said, but because they come from wealthy and influential families, the Pakistani Army has so far refused to offer assistance to Khan as he pursues justice for his wife.

Christian girls and women have been subjected to increasingly violent attacks this past year at the hands of Muslim attackers. Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer with Legal Evangelical Association Development in Pakistan, said earlier this week that at least five Christian girls have been kidnapped, married off and forced to convert to Islam in April alone.

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