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The drama of Christian families who see the kidnapping and conversion of their daughters to Islam

According to data confirmed to Agenzia Fides by the National Commission for "Justice and Peace" of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan, there are about 1,000 reports of kidnapping of young Christian and Hindu women every year.

Agenzia Fides — Rafique Masih is a Pakistani Christian who, like a heartbroken father, begs the police to find his daughter, who has been kidnapped. As Fides learned, Rafique Masih, who lives in Rawalpindi, said that on January 5, while he was at work, a Muslim, Muhammad Hamza, forcibly entered his home and kidnapped his daughter Mashal, 17 years old, with the help of two accomplices. His other 11-year-old daughter was at home and fled in terror.

Speaking to the police at a police station whose staff is almost entirely made up of Muslims, the girl’s father received no help. When he went to Bani Police Station in Rawalpindi to file a complaint about his daughter’s kidnapping, instead of filing a First Information Report, the police officers mocked him and refused to fill out any official act. “Since Mashal was kidnapped, the police have shown no interest in recovering her from the hands of her kidnappers. She did not lift a finger”, Christian activists told Fides. Rafique accuses the police of deliberately delaying the recovery of his daughter because he is a Christian.

The NGO CLAAS (Center for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement), which defends the rights of Christians in Pakistan, notes that if nothing is done quickly to recover the young girl, the kidnappers could obtain her certificate of conversion to Islam and possibly her marriage certificate as well as the statement claiming that she converted to Islam and married Mohammad Hamza of her own free will.

“Rafique is a desperate father, who is currently begging the police to help him find his daughter, to do their duty in assisting citizens who suffer violence and are victims of crimes”, notes the organization.

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