Sialkot:On September 15,2014,a fifteen year old Christian girl,Monaza Bibi,was gang raped by four young Muslim turn by turn and they made Mobile video Clip in Deera Sindha Kalan Village of SialKot.
The Police registered FIR. No.646/14 under sections 476/114 PPC against the two rapists on the complaint of Gang Rape victim’s father,named Mubarak Masih.The Police and the some influential local Muslim pressurized the victim family to exempt the other two rapists and did not mention their names in the complaint otherwise ready for dire consequences.The Police completed the Challan speedily and sent the two arrested rapist in judicial lockup so that the police could be successful to save other two rapist.
Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender ,who heads LEAD,was informed and being requested by Tariq Seraj (Advocate) from last week to defend the victim family and follow the case for legal assistance and support,but due to shortage of funds Mr.Gill refused to take this case.On September 20 to 25,2014,Mr.Gill was requested a number of times and yesterday with the financial support of some supporters of LEAD,Mr.Gill headed to meet the victim family along with his team including main legal advisor of LEAD Mr.Aric John(Advocate).Mr.Gill made assured the victim family for legal assistance and possible support for them and prayed for the victim girl and her family.
The father of gang rape victim girl told that they were yet being threatened by the accused family members and they were also being pressurized for compromise with the culprits.Mr.Gill along with his team and the father of victim girl went to the concerned Police Station and met with Investigator Officer and SHO of the Police Station.The father of victim girl got registered a new complaint about the threats and the pressure which is being developed by the rapists’ relatives and other influential Local Muslim.The SHO made assured to take immediate legal action against them.
The SHO also made it confirmed that the rapists made some mobile video clip which is the part of evidence and the concerned investigator included Mobile and memory card in the Police Challan for evidence.
“It is our obligation as Christians to help and save the girls who have been gang raped and sexually assaulted,”said Mr.Gill.He further added that is is very disturbing for him that the rapists gang raped turn by turn and made video clip.This is really the horrific act of the rapists.
In Pakistan rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families. It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims. The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities, who are the most vulnerable. It is very sad to share that rarely rapists are punished.Furthermore, rape victims face terrible difficulties; they do not receive adequate medical treatment for sexual assault.A number of girls are traumatized and become depressed and in need of psychological assistance
LEAD encourages you, and those in your local church, to speak out on behalf of persecuted Pakistani Christians and pray for them, including young girls, who are constantly at risk of being victimized through the injustice and sexual abuse.We at LEAD request to stand with us morally and physically and also pray for the safety of all believers and LEAD team in Pakistan.