Adolescent Christian girl forcibly converted and married to Muslim man
Sana’s family (further images at bottom of page)
A Christian girl from New Miana Pura Roras Road, Sikandarpura, near Sialkot, has joined the growing list of adolescents to have been forcibly converted to Islam and then married to a Muslim man.
An FIR was registered in Hajipura police station on Monday 9th November 2015, by Sana’s father Mr Shahid Jaan, 47, reporting that Sana Bibi, 13, had been abducted, raped and forced into Islamic marriage by a Muslim, Waheed Akhtar, and currently an investigation is underway. Sana and her sister Hina were studying at Government Primary Girls School, Mianpura, and attended the same class. In total there are three sisters and three brothers in the family.
On the day of the incident Hina was accompanying Sana on her way to school, a trip they had always undertaken together. On the way they were met by Mr Akhtar, known locally as ‘Rambo’ Mr Akhtar knew the girls as he had previously lived in the house to the rear of their former home. Mr Akhtar started talking to Sana and asked Hina to carry on going to school advising her that he would make sure her sister arrived there safely. As the girls knew Mr Akhtar, Hina carried on travelling to school not thinking any bad of the situation. After school Hina waited for her sister who she then discovered had not arrived. Terrified and concerned for her sister Hina ran back home and informed her family. Sana’s mother, Nosheen, 42, and her paternal aunt went to Mr Akhtar’s home which they knew well. They knocked on the door but there was no response, so they waited for two hours and then returned home anxious and distraught. The women simply began to pray asking for God to intervene in the situation and awaited arrival of the father, as in Pakistan’s patriarchal society men are required to get a decent response from local police. When the father Shahid Jaan, a poorly paid labourer, returned home he was very shocked to hear of his daughter’s abduction. He immediately travelled to Mr Akhtar’s home with Main Zubair, a local Muslim elder, to demand the return of his daughter. Again he was met with no reponse at the door so he called the local police who arrived immediately and forcibly entered Mr Akhtar’s home. They found only children in the home and on questioning none of the children gave away the location of Mr Akhtar.
Shahid Jaan, said:
“The shock of this debilitating news made my legs tremble. My innocent vulnerable girls were walking together for their safety, a trip they undertake so often, but this evil man was waiting for them. Waheed Akhtar used his familiarity with my girls to take advantage of them and satisfy his predatory and perverse nature. He took the elder of my daughters by force and Hina my younger daughter came running back home from school, alone and traumatised. We have visited Waheed Akhtar’s house as he and his father are well known local butchers and lived behind our old home. When the family refused to open their door I went to the police station and registered a complaint. I am praying for my daughter’s safety and return every moment I can now.”
8 year old girl beaten and locked in her school washrooms for daring to use toilet meant for Muslim girls only!
Young Sara, a torture victim at only 8 years old, pictured with her mother.
The untouchable status of Christians in Pakistan became very apparent in recent days when an 8 year old girl, Sara Bibi, was scolded, beaten and locked in school washrooms allegedly by her head teacher in a fit of rage that a ‘kaffir’ (infidel) Christian dared to use the same toilet as Muslims.
Sara Bibi, the youngest of five siblings, has now been excluded from Government Girls Primary School in Samundari near Faisalabad, Punjab, where she was a year 3 pupil.
Reports suggest the innocent girl was accused by other classmates who had been offended by the actions of a ‘choora’ Christian who had polluted their toilets, highlighting how the hatred towards Christians is cemented into young minds at a very nascent phase. This pariah status of Christians is prevalent in Pakistan.
Headmistress of the school, Zahida Rana has been accused of locking Sara in the bathroom, the principal then shouted aggressively at her : “You are a Christian, an infidel. How dare you use the same toilet as Muslim girls? Despite vigorously pleading her innocence Sara was beaten and only released from the washroom 3 hours later at the end of the school day, much to the chagrin of her family.
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