"All hell has broken out on us": Shakaina Masih, 13, kidnapped and forcibly married in Pakistan

“Our daughter has been held by unknown kidnappers for over 20 days, and we have not been able to see her. We were just given a photocopy of the nikahnama and told to approach the court if we wanted to meet her. They also refused to act when we showed them her official birth certificate, which says she is only 13 and 5 months old. "

The list of victims of forced kidnapping is growing at an appalling rate in Pakistan. Shakaina masih, 13, has been missing since February 19. It was the police who informed the parents of his conversion to islam and his marriage with a muslim man.

On February 21, Shakaina's parents were summoned to the Lahore Police Station. the inspector presented them with the nikahnama, an Islamic marriage certificate. The father, Johnson Masih, explains to Morning Star News :

“He said Shakaina was now a married Muslim woman and did not want to return to her family. According to the nikahnama, the name of her so-called husband is Ali Bashir. We have never heard of this name before. Shakaina is just a child. She was kidnapped and taken to Okara, where they forcibly converted her and arranged the fake wedding to give her religious cover. "

On the day of her kidnapping, Shakaina was working as a domestic helper with her mother, Samina. She toured all of her employers, but Shakaina was nowhere to be found. It was not until two days later, on February 21, that the police agreed to register a complaint.

The father explains that the police ignore their repeated calls.

“Our daughter has been held by unknown kidnappers for over 20 days, and we have not been able to see her. We were just given a photocopy of the nikahnama and told to approach the court if we wanted to meet her. They also refused to act when we showed them her official birth certificate, which says she is only 13 and 5 months old. "

He wonders if there is “justice for the poor Christians”.

“All hell has broken out on us. My family is broken and each passing day adds to our misery. Is there no law or justice for poor Christians like us? "

The family's lawyer, Abdul Rameel, has filed a complaint with the Lahore High Court. According to him, "it is a great injustice for the poor family".

“Their daughter has been missing in recent days, but there is no information yet on her safety and well-being. "

He denounces the non-application of the legislation which prohibits the marriage of minors.

“Laws prohibiting the marriage of minors are in place, but the police do not enforce them in these cases. In addition, the sections relating to rape and kidnapping are also ignored, allowing the perpetrators to obtain bail and be released from the case. This harmful attitude endangers the safety of all minority girls and must end immediately. "

MC

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