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07/01/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern)- International Christian Concern has learned that Saima, a 15-year-old Christian girl was beaten and raped three times by Mian Tahir Jamil, a Muslim politician in the provincial assembly of Punjab in the district of Faisalabad, on June 19, 2019.

According to the statement by Saima’s father given in the First Information Report, “Tahir Jamil had forcefully raped his daughter after threatening her to remain silent or risk losing her life. Samia also reported that Tahir’s sons also sexually abused her.

In fact, a week before the incident, Tahir had made sexual advances at her but she locked herself in the restroom to protect herself. When the family was finally able to retrieve her, Tahir’s wife, Bano Bibi, beat her mercilessly and cut her hair as a punishment for hiding.

Thankfully, Samia was able to run away from the family to her home this week. She recounted the story of her abuse to her father, highlighting that besides the rape incident on June 19, 2019, Tahir’s sons consistently molested her while his wife, Bano Bibi verbally abused her.”

Despite the First Information Report filed against the family, Pakistani police have not taken any steps to arrest them. Christians and human rights activists have taken the issue up and are fervently demanding justice for Samia.

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