Rescuing Girls

Triumph Over Tragedy: Farah Shaheen’s Tale of Courage

In an uplifting turn of events, Farah Shaheen, a 12-year-old Pakistani Christian girl, has been rescued and reunited with her family after enduring a harrowing six-month ordeal. Farah was abducted and forcibly married to her captor, a distressing experience that has finally come to an end thanks to earnest efforts to secure her freedom.

A Heartbreaking Abduction

On a day like any other, Farah was taken from her life and thrust into a nightmare. She spent six months locked away in deplorable conditions, often confined to a small room where she sustained injuries to her hands and feet. According to local representatives and her own account to Christian media, she endured severe torture at the hands of her abductors. Upon her rescue on December 5, relief and happiness marked her words as she revealed she was thrilled to be back with her family.

Forced Conversion and Marriage

The gravity of Farah’s predicament deepened as details emerged of her being forcibly converted to Islam and married off to her 45-year-old abductor, Khizar Hayat, within just three days of her kidnapping. In a desperate bid to retrieve their daughter, Farah’s parents took legal action, which eventually led to a Punjab court’s intervention. Following the court’s order, Farah was placed in a safe house pending further decisions.

A Controversial Medical Report and Legal Battle

In a controversial twist, while Farah was under the protection of the court, the Punjab Medical Board mistakenly reported her as 18 years old. However, records from Pakistan’s National Database and a church marriage certificate which show her parents were married 15 years prior, unequivocally confirm she is only 13. These documented proofs challenge the discrepancies seen in the medical report.

Systemic Issues and Call for Support

This incident shines a spotlight on the larger systemic issue affecting Christian and Hindu girls in Pakistan, many of whom are abducted every year without adequate governmental intervention. These cases often end in similar tragic circumstances, with little done to prevent them.

Farah’s story is a stark reminder of the need for more robust protections for minority communities in Pakistan. It’s imperative to stand in solidarity with those who continue to face persecution and to support efforts aimed at safeguarding their rights and freedoms.

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