People who claim intolerance and racial injustice need to look at the case of a 12-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan who was allegedly kidnapped, raped and forced to marry a man who kept her chained in a cattle pen.
The girl was rescued by police last month after spending five months in captivity in a 45-year-old Muslim man’s yard in Faisalabad, where she would work all day removing animal dung, according to a report by the UK’s The Telegraph.
Her ankles had been lacerated by her shackles.
The case has been accepted by Christian Charities. ABC News reports the Christian girl is one of nearly 1,000 girls from religious minorities who are forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan each year
Aid to the Church in Need said the girl’s family approached police repeatedly about the crime but were ignored for months.
Her father said: “[She] has told me she was treated like a slave. She was forced to work all day, cleaning filth in a cattle yard. 24-7, she was attached to a chain.”
The family said that the girl was abducted on June 12, 2020 and that she has been sexually assaulted multiple times. Even after multiple complaints to the police, the father was not able to submit an official report until September. He said police went so far as to target him with racial slurs and threaten him with blasphemy against Islam.
The father also cited a court-commissioned medical report which claimed the girl was aged 16 or 17, even though her birth certificate gives her age as 12.
The girl is safe for the time being in a women’s refuge, and investigations are underway.