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Assailants Attempt To Rape Pakistani Pastor’s Wife

A band of assailants attempted to rape a Pakistani pastor’s wife. The incident unfolded in Adda Plot on Raiwand Road near Lahore. Fortunately, the woman offered resistance and was able to defend herself. So the assailants could not prevail.

It is reported that the woman is wife of a local pastor who works as a painter. After his work, he serves as pastor in a nearby village. The pastor has revealed that his wife, while trying to resist the assailants also suffered from an abortion. She was 3 months pregnant, he said.

The pastor claims that the assailants were workers as well. These assailants enjoy the backing of local influential people. While detailing the incident, the pastor said that I have been called to serve the Lord. So after my work, I pastor the people in a local village. The Christian couple has four daughters. While he was away for work, the assailants tried to assault his wife sexually. I approached the police, “they did not pay a heed to my plea. No one gave an ear to my complaint. On the contrary, the assailants are being backed by influential people,” he said.

“I have no hope of justice from anywhere,” he said dejectedly. I implore the authorities to not only ensure my security but also of everyone, he pleaded. When I approached the police station, they hooked the assailants, but after a while, I saw them free again. I went to the police station and asked them that the assailants are free again, but the police showed reluctance to help me.

“I am being threatened not to take further action against the perpetrators,” he said. The pastor is receiving threats of dire consequences if he fails to comply with the assailants’ demand to take no action. The pastor further detailed that the assailants threatened to kill him and get him kicked out of his house. “I will not remain silent, they tried to dishonor me. I will protest against this injustice. I want justice, I ask for justice,” he asserted.

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.