Seeking Justice For A Four Years Faiza: A Victim of Rape in Punjab Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

March 22, 2024

Faiza: A Victim of Rape

The heart-wrenching story of a poor Christian laborer, Waseem Masih, and his family in Manawala, Sheikhupura District, Punjab, Pakistan, sheds light on a tragic incident that unfolded on February 2, 2022. Waseem Masih and his wife, Nabila, left their four-year-old daughter Faiza at home as they went out for work.

Upon their return, they discovered their daughter was missing from the house. Their search led them to the home of a neighbor named Usman, where they heard their daughter’s voice. To their horror, they found Usman raping the young girl. The scene was devastating as the child was found in a vulnerable state when Waseem and Nabila arrived. Despite this heinous act witnessed by the parents, Usman fled the scene, leaving the child traumatized.

The lack of immediate justice and protection for the innocent child in such a distressing situation is deeply troubling. The failure of the authorities to swiftly address this appalling crime adds to the anguish faced by the family seeking justice for their daughter. The pain and suffering endured by the poor man and his family in this heart-breaking incident highlight the vulnerability of marginalized Christians and the urgent need for a more robust response to such atrocities.

Although the police registered an FIR bearing number 71/22 and arrested Usman, the justice system in Pakistan was so corrupted that within a few days, Usman was released on bail. Police negligence gave victims of such acts the opportunity to get bail from the court, as they failed to submit evidence in court.

Copy of the Police Report (FIR)

Seeking Justice: Police role

After that, Waseem Masih, the father, was pressured by the police to reconcile with Usman, or else they threatened to frame him in a case, potentially leading to a lifetime in prison. In 2023, he reluctantly agreed to a peace deal with the family of the rapist, feeling powerless and financially strained. Unfortunately, this case has also been swept under the rug of Pakistan’s flawed justice system, leaving the victims without proper resolution. This was utterly Injustice to the family whose child was abused.

Major Culprits:

In our 15-16 years of work in Pakistan, we’ve seen a big problem: some groups that say they help persecuted Christians take advantage of them. They get money from other countries pretending to help, but they don’t help these victims get justice. After the incident with this family, many NGOs and human rights leaders offered to help, but none really did.

In my upcoming blog post, I want to expose these groups and people who pretend to help persecuted Christians but are only looking out for themselves. Any organization funding projects in Pakistan needs to be careful and check on the progress of the cases they support with the help of a third party.

Our Action:

A few days ago, when we learned about this case, we reached out to the family, and they revealed that they hadn’t received any assistance. Even worse, they shared how the police mistreated them. If you’re able to lend a hand, please do so.

Our legal team is currently exploring all avenues to support the family and ensure that the man responsible for this horrific act faces consequences for his brutality. We’re determined to bring him to justice and hold the police accountable for their actions. We urge you to join us in praying for this family, especially for young Faiza, as they navigate through this challenging time.

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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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