Teenage Pakistani Christian maid killed by Muslim employers
for ‘not cleaning properly’
A 17-year-old Christian young woman who worked as a maid for a Muslim family was murdered on 6 May 2018, “for not cleaning the house properly”.
Kainat Masih came from a poor Christian family in Gujranwala, Punjab and worked as a domestic staff for a local Muslim family. Kainat’s father, Salamat, went to the house where she worked to meet her on 6 May. Arriving around 2 p.m., he witnessed Kainat’s employer and his wife, along with two other men and a woman, assaulting her.
He later described to police how that they were holding down Kainat’s arms and legs and had tied a rope around her neck and were attempting to strangle her. Salamat begged them not to kill his daughter, but they ignored his pleas and Kainat was killed in front of him. According to Salamat, his daughter was murdered for supposedly not cleaning properly.
At the time of writing, Kainat’s murder is under investigation by police in Gujranwala, but no arrests have been made.
The majority of Pakistani Christians live in poverty, confined to menial jobs and are vulnerable to abuse and false accusation by their employers. In 2015, a Christian mother working in the house of a local Muslim family in Lahore was beaten by her employer and police officers, after denying accusations that she had stolen money and some gold. She was left with broken leg and hand, and her 20-year-old son was later taken away and beaten to death in police custody.
Pakistani Christian girl kidnapped, forcibly converted and
married to Muslim man
A teenage Pakistani Christian from Punjab has been kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to a 25-year-old Muslim man.
Local Muslim women known to Ribqa Masih’s family tricked the teenager into accompanying them on a trip to Sahiwal on 9 April. Instead of returning within two hours, as they had claimed they would, they took Ribqa to the town of Depalpur, around 30 miles east, where she was forcibly converted to Islam and compelled to marry a 25-year-old Muslim man.
Ribqa’s father, who works as a labourer, spotted his daughter being driven away in a car and tried to halt the vehicle. But two men travelling in the car got out and threatened him with guns. Ribqa’s abduction has been reported to police, but at the time of writing no arrests have been made.
Non-Muslim girls and young women in Pakistan are very vulnerable to kidnap, forced conversion and marriage to Muslims, and authorities rarely intervene. A report compiled by a Pakistani NGO in 2014 estimated that every year at least 700 Christian and 300 Hindu girls and young women in Pakistan suffer similar abuse.
Lift up Pakistani pastor Zafar Bhatti. We pray for his spiritual and physical protection in prison and that his life sentence be shortened.
Ask the Lord to give Pakistan’s politicians courage and wisdom to reform the blasphemy laws which are often used to target Christians. We want to see an end to the imprisonment and killing of innocent people.
Ask for the Lord’s special protection of Christian women and girls who are at risk of abduction, rape, forced marriage and forced conversion to Islam.
Pray for Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel who were sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2014. We pray that their sentences would be appealed and they would be released. We also pray for the Lord’s provision and protection for their four children.
Pray for the release of Imran Ghafur Masih who is serving a life sentence because a neighbour falsely accused him of burning pages of the Koran.
Ask that the Lord through His Spirit would reassure and encourage Christians in Pakistan that they have infinite value and worth in Christ even though they are so lowly regarded in their country