The father of Chashman Masih, 14, was unable to get his daughter back after the hearing at the Lahore High Court.
Christian charity International Christian Concern denounces "the worrying increase in sexual assaults against Christian women and girls in Pakistan". Twelve Christian women and girls were abducted or sexually assaulted, forcibly married to their captors and forced to convert to Islam. A number likely to be underestimated depending on the organization.
Among them, Shashman masih, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, whose custody has just been entrusted by the High Court of Lahore to her attacker. The court thus rejected the request of his father, a rickshaw driver from Faisalabad, who was trying to recover his daughter.
On July 27, Chashman did not return from school. His father contacted the police who explained to him that a marriage certificate and a letter of his conversion had been registered on July 29.
According to the Pakistani court which has just rendered this verdict, neither the Koran nor the haddits mention a minimum age as to the possibility of converting to Islam. However, the young girl, like many others in the same situation faced with the threats weighing on her or their families, claims to have converted to Islam and married without constraint.
According to a study by the Peace and Solidarity Movement in Pakistan, around 1000 women and girls from Christian and Hindu minorities are abducted, forcibly married and converted to Islam under duress every year in Pakistan.
Article originally published in September 2021.
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