Forced Conversion: A 10-Year-Old Christian Girl Converted to Islam In Punjab Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

March 8, 2024

10-year Christian girl converted to Islam

In Punjab, Pakistan, a 10-year-old Christian girl converted to Islam .

In Hari Singh, Faisalabad, 10-year-old Laiba Masih became the victim of forced conversion on February 11, 2024. Laiba’s father, Sohail Masih, a physically amputated man, witnessed his daughter being abducted from their home by the Christians at the instigation of a Muslim man, Shaukat Shah.

Sohail Masih immediately submitted the application at the police station, and an FIR was registered against the accused. Although the police have registered FIR, they have not arrested any accused.

Whereas, Shaukat Shah took Laiba to a madrasa, where she was forcefully converted to Islam and confined in Darul Aman (Government Shelter home). Shockingly, Shaukat Shah and his wife are relentlessly pressuring Laiba to maintain her newfound Muslim identity.

On February 15, 2024, they coerced Laiba into making a false statement in the local Magistrate’s office, claiming she was an adult and willfully embraced Islam.

However, Laiba’s birth certificate and family registration tell a different story, establishing her birth year as 2013. The glaring discrepancy raises serious questions about the legality and ethics of the conversion process. How can a 10-11-year-old child be allowed to choose her religion without the consent of her parents, especially when official documents confirm her minor status?

Despite clear evidence indicating Laiba’s age, the magistrate inexplicably sent her to Darul Aman (Government Shelter home). This disturbing turn of events not only violates the fundamental rights of the child but also highlights a grave injustice within the legal system. The forced conversion of minors is a serious crime, and urgent intervention is needed to ensure justice is served. Every year, 100s of Christian minor girls were abducted and forced to convert to Islam.

ECSPE is collaborating closely with the family to secure the release of the girls from the grip of the Muslim abductors. The father has requested our team in Punjab, Pakistan, to assist them with legal matters, and we have assured him that we will do everything possible to bring back the girl. We urge you to keep the family in your prayers as they join us in raising our voices against these atrocities targeting Christians.

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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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