KASUR: On March 8,2016, a Christian survivor, mother of three and victim of abduction, rape, forced conversion to Islam and forcibly given in Marriage to a 55 year old Muslim man rescued from the clutches of her ‘abductor and rapist’ and reaches to LEAD for justice and safety.
Last year in June,Fouzia Sadiqe, a Christian woman was kidnapped from a field situated in a village Burj Mahalam in the Punjab province by a Muslim landlord named Muhammad Nazir who forcibly converted her to Islam and got married himself to avoid abduction and rape charges. Nazir tricked Fouzia’s father into consenting to have his family work as bonded laborers on his land with no pay and only the provision of a run-down housing accommodation.
“I was raped by him a number of times before conversion and marriage and he often extends life threats on apprehension of my disclosure to family,”said Fouzia.
She further stated that she was permanently become disable to have children from him because he forced her to get operation for permanent birth control.In this way he made her sterile woman.
“I have strong faith in Jesus and I hope He could save me from him permanently,”said Fouzia.
Rev.Saleem Masih and Rev.Karamat Masih along with local political activists met Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender and requested for assistance for victim Fouzia Sadiqe.
It is surfaced that in most cases, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse or discarded from home after passing some time.
LEAD request all Christian groups and organizations to take it serious and stand with us in defense of Christian victim women for their assistance and safety.LEAD is an organization which provides free legal assistance and advocacy to those victims of religious discrimination and sexual and domestic violence who can not afford to bear heavy legal cost of counsels etc.
Urgent Confidential Request:Not for Publishing
I, Sardar Mushtaq Gill human rights defender who heads LEAD, am writing to you concerning the urgent case of Fouzia Sadiqe and her family from near Pattoki, village Burj Mahalam, Punjab, Pakistan. On March 8, 2016, she was rescued from her ‘abductor and rapist’ landlord, Muhammad Nazir and now in hiding and staying at my home for her life.
I appeal to you to arrange urgent and immediate humanitarian visas for Fouzia to get her safely outside of Pakistan. She face practically no chance of justice in the courts, as the Muslim ‘landlord’ who has so victimized her holds all the power and she none, and previous episodes have shown the courts and justice system are utterly inadequate this desperate woman. She not only has a ‘well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of ‘religion’, but she is experiencing it now, and she faces a serious targeted threat to her life, physical integrity and freedom. We ask that LEAD HRDs and WHRDs be given support for assistance of these victims of persecution to safety with the utmost urgency and speed.