Rescuing Girls

Pakistani Christians Welcome the Court Decision to reunites Christian girl with family after forced marriage to Muslim abductor

A Pakistani Christian girl who was abducted and forced to marry her Muslim abductor has been reunited with her family after six months.

Farah Shaheen, 12, was rescued by police on December 5th after being found in a locked room with injuries to her hands and feet. Local representative said Farah had been tortured by her captors and was often locked in a room. while talking to the Christian media Farah Shaheen added, “she is very happy to be back with his family.

Farah was forced to convert to Islam and marry 45-year-old Muslim kidnapper Khizar Hayat just three days later.

Farah’s parents filed a petition in court for the recovery of their minor daughter. Later on she was recovered after a Punjab court ordered her to be kept in a safe house before returning to his family. Furthermore Court constituted a medical board to determine the age of the girl.

While presenting its report on December 13, 2020, the Punjab Medical Board said that Farah Shaheen is 18 years old.

However, a certificate from Pakistan’s National database proves her to be 13 years old. In addition, Farah’s parents were married 15 years ago, according to a church marriage certificate.

This is not the first time the court and government have covered the abduction and rape of underage Christian girls. Its a dead end for peaceful groups living in Pakistan.
About 100s of Christian and Hindu girls are abducted by Muslims every year, and yet the government fails to protect its citizens.

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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.