Christian Girls at Risk in Pakistan Need Justice

Christian children in Pakistan. (Photo Courtesy FMI for MNN use.)

Christian girls desperately need justice in Pakistan. A Muslim man kidnapped 14-year-old Maira Shabaz in April and tried to marry her, claiming she was 19, The Telegraph reports.

Local officials placed Maira in a shelter when family proved she was a minor, but that’s about to change. The Lahore High Court just ruled in favor of Maira’s captor, saying she willingly married him and converted to Islam.

According to FMI’s Nehemiah, stories like Maira’s are tragically all-too-common. “The concept is not new, it’s very old. Muslims treat Christian women as animals,” he says.

“When they take a girl who is a minor, the first thing they do [is] convert that girl to Islam. Once [she] is a Muslim, she cannot convert back to [her] religion and, in Islam, you can marry a girl who is underage. This is a Pakistani law.”

This 2014 report from Movement for Solidarity & Peace (MSP) estimates 400 to 1,000 forced marriages and conversions occur each year. Huma Yuonnus, also 14, is now pregnant with her captor’s child.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to intervene and protect Christian girls in Pakistan.
  • Pray for justice for Maira and others like her.
  • Pray God will give Pakistani Christians wisdom and direction as they seek ways to protect their girls and young women.