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Friday, 15 October 2010

Pakistan: violence against Christian girls "part of daily life"

Violence against Christian girls is “unfortunately common” in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, according to Father Khalid Rashid Asi, vicar general of the Diocese of Faisalabad.
Lubna Masih, 12, was going to a store to buy milk when five Muslim young men forced her into a car and raped and murdered her, according to the Fides news agency. Terrified by the prospect of reprisals, her family has not pressed charges.
Kiran Nayyaz, 13, was working as a maid in a Muslim’s home when another Muslim employee raped her. Now pregnant, she is under the protection of the Diocese of Faisalabad. “The family is traumatized and the entire Catholic community fear reprisals,” said the diocesan vicar general. “But cases of violence such as these are unfortunately common.”
In July, according to Fides, three Muslims kidnapped, tortured, and raped a 16-year-old Christian girl in Punjab, and a group of Muslim students raped a 12-year-old Christian girl in Rawalpindi.
Episodes of violence and abuse of Christian girls are part of daily life,” a Fides source said. “Those that make the news are just the tip of the iceberg.”

-On Pakistani Christians' violence (among others):
Pakistan: Two-year-old raped and left to die because her father refused to convert to Islam.
Pakistan: 5 Muslims allegedly ransacked house of Christians to make them drop rape charges.
Pakistan: Raped and Burned for Refusing to Convert to Islam.
Pakistan: Reports of Christian Girl Burnt Alive After Rape.

-On non-Muslims' treatment in Islamic countries:
UN: Islamic countries push (again...) for "Islamophobia" monitoring mechanism.
Iraq: Christians continue fleeing to neighbouring countries.
Egypt: Al-Azhar's "Statement to the Nation" reduces Copts to Dhimmi status.
Libya: Two South Koreans, accused of Christian proselitism, released.
Pakistan: Christian lawyer and his entire family killed by Islamic extremists.
Kuwait: policeman converts to Christianity, asks the Govt to change his papers.
"Blasphemy UN Resolution": US NGO "Open Doors" campain on Freedom of Believe.
Ethiopia: Christian accused of desecrating the Qu'ran.
Saudi Arabia: Twelve Philippinos and a Catholic priest released on bail, after being arrested for attending Mass.
Hector Aleem's update.
Iran: Christian pastor sentenced to death for "thought crime".
Sudan: Sudanese bishops' conference concerned about persecution if South supports independence.
Arab Christians face political Islam threat, Bishop Naguib says.
Catholic Synod: Rabbi cautions against hostility towards Israel.

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