Pakistan: Islamic Extremists Use Rape as an ‘Instrument Of Power’ over Christian Female

The Christian community of Lahore is outraged following the rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl who was kidnapped by a Muslim gang and repeatedly assaulted.

Muqadas Masih and her older sister Asma were returning home from work when Muqadas was kidnapped by two Muslim men and three women. They took her inside a school and the two men, identified as Ashraf Alias Achi and Ghaffor Alias Paida raped her repeatedly in turn. When they had finished, they abandoned the young girl.

Although Muquadas’ family filed a complaint with local police, they have received threats from Muslim extremists if they do not withdraw the complaint.

Christian advocates have said Muslims often use sexual violence as a means of controlling the Christian population, especially women and girls.

“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,” explains Christian lawyer Gill,
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Re-post by: Rev Baber George


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