According to a report published on 26 October, and in an appalling display of the abuse suffered by vulnerable Pakistani Christians, a deaf Christian woman was gang raped after three Muslim men broke into her home in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Whilst an arrest has been made, Pakistani police are often reluctant to bring a prosecution in cases such as this, instead, preferring to side with the Muslim majority population.
As Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill said: “Often in these cases the police take no action or, worse, side with the rapists. Christian families or witnesses are pressured to withdraw complaints.”
Often sidelined in society, many of the country’s believers are poor and powerless in the face of persistent discrimination and violence, and Christian women and girls are particularly vulnerable.
According to a report published by the Movement of Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan in April 2014, over 700 Christian girls are kidnapped, raped and forced into Islamic marriages every year.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill continued: “Violence against women and children of religious minorities, the weak and vulnerable, is widespread in Pakistan and is often carried out in silence. These cases and the stories do not come to light and when victims talk about it they are intimidated.”
- Pray for women and girls in Pakistan, especially Christians. Pray for protection on them and their families, and for the government to step up to bring in legal protection for them.
- Pray for the family of the woman who was raped. Pray for her healing, both physically and emotionally, and for her family and believers to support her through this time.
- Pray for justice to be done in cases like this, for the police to take the allegations seriously, regardless of who has been targeted.
- Pray for Christians across Pakistan, for strength and courage as the face increasing oppression, and for many in Pakistan to encounter Christ and come to know Him and the truth of His Gospel.
Isaiah 42 vs 3: “a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.”