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According to reports by the British Pakistani Christian Association, armed men kidnapped Maria, a 14-year-old Christian girl, from her home in the town of Gaggo Mandi. According the the Movement for Solidarity and Peace, as many as 700 Christian women and girls are kidnapped every year in Pakistan and are forcefully converted to Islam and married to one of their kidnappers. Maria’s family is desperate to see her returned, but like many Christian kidnapping cases in Pakistan, authorities do little to investigate and support victims. 

04/27/2017 Pakistan (The Christian Times) – A group of armed men has reportedly robbed the home of a Christian family in Pakistan’s Punjab province and kidnapped their 14-year-old daughter at gunpoint.

According to a report from the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), three men scaled the walls of the home of the family living in the town of Gaggo Mandi in Vehari District at 3:00 a.m. on April 15. At least three other men were believed to be involved in the crime as the family heard other men shouting outside their home.

The armed men waved their guns and told the family to kneel down as they took $130 in cash and about $500 in jewelry. Before leaving, they told the Maria, the 14-year-old daughter, to get up and leave with them.

The family believes that the primary objective for the early-morning raid was to kidnap Maria because they heard the other men outside the home shouting “have you got the girl yet?”

They said one of the kidnappers was a neighbor named Amjad, who is known to have taken a liking to Maria.

The kidnappers reportedly told the family that they will never see Maria again and threatened to kill them if they tell the police about the abduction.

The police initially refused to file a First Incident Report, and they only agreed to register a report of the alleged crime due to pressure from a BPCA representative.

“Every day I am without my daughter I feel like dying. These men will do terrible things with Maria, she is so alone and vulnerable. I asked the men to take me and leave my children but they stole my eldest child from me,” said Bushra Bibi, the mother of Maria.

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