|A father’s fight for his daughter’s honour
A Christian father has just been brutally assaulted by the gang he accuses of abducting and raping his daughter. And still the police in Pakistan refuse to arrest their attackers.
Please pray for Gulzar and his daughter: she has been repeatedly raped over several months and Gulzar has broken legs and a serious head injury.
Punjab police are refusing to comply with a court order that they should arrest the four men Gulzar accuses of snatching his 27-year-old daughter. She had testified in court that she was kidnapped, raped, forcibly converted to Islam and forced to marry a Muslim. She managed to escape last month when her captors forgot to lock a door.
Three days after a judge ordered police to arrest the suspects, two of the accused shot and beat Gulzar. They claimed his daughter had voluntarily converted to Islam and married.
Gulzar’s attackers have warned him to withdraw the case against them, threatening him and his sons. More than 20 Islamic clerics have pressured police to hand Gulzar’s daughter back to her Muslim ‘husband’.
‘They may try again to kill me,’ says Gulzar, ‘but I will not stop from knocking on the doors of justice to avenge my daughter’s dishonour.’
- Pray that God will heal Gulzar and his daughter, both physically and spiritually.
- Pray for justice for this family. Ask God to protect them and their legal team as they take this bold stand.
- Pray that the judiciary and law enforcement officers will uphold the rights of Pakistan’s Christian minority: so often they are treated as second-class citizens and their rights trampled.
(Source: Morning Star News)