Christian Girl Escapes Attempted Rape in Pakistan: A Call for Justice and Protection

Farrukh Saif

July 4, 2024

Girl Escapes Attempted Rape in Pakistan

On June 26, 2024, another disturbing incident occurred in village 93 RB Chiti in Jaranwala, Faisalabad, where Asiya Bibi, a young Christian domestic worker, narrowly escaped an attempted rape. Asiya, who works as a maid to support her family, was attacked by two Muslim men, Azeem Jameel and Atif Jameel, as she was returning home from work.

The assailants attempted to drag Asiya to a nearby warehouse, but she fiercely resisted their advances. In the struggle, Asiya suffered severe injuries, including a broken hand and fingers, as the men beat her with rods. Despite the brutal assault, Asiya managed to fight back and escape when some villagers noticed the commotion.

Asiya’s father, Shahzad Masih, is a poor kiln worker who has been raising his children alone since his wife’s death a few years ago. Asiya and one of her brothers still live with their father, while two other siblings are married.

Action And Police Delay:

After the attack, Asiya’s uncle immediately took her to the police station, where an FIR (First Information Report) was filed against the offenders. However, despite the severity of the crime, the police did not arrest the accused, who subsequently obtained bail from the court.

This case emphasizes the ongoing challenges faced by religious minorities in Pakistan, especially Christian girls and women, who are frequent targets of violence and discrimination.

First Information Report

Our Committment:

The family has contacted our Organization Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved (ECSPE) for legal assistance in pursuing justice for Asiya. ECSPE has committed to providing legal support and shelter to victims of persecution and discrimination in Pakistan. Currently, their legal team is assisting 12 girls, many of whom have been victims of forced conversion, forced marriages, and rape.

This incident underscores the urgent need for stronger protections for religious minorities in Pakistan and more effective law enforcement to prevent such attacks and ensure justice for victims.

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Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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