Shabana Masih’s Story: Abduction, Rape, and the Struggle for Justice

Farrukh Saif

November 15, 2012


Shabana Masih daughter of Ghulam Masih age 16 years Christian girl, resident of 55/2-L Tehsil District Okara, was abducted raped and forcibly converted to Islam. On1st July ,2012 Shabana Bibi was abducted by Anwar Boota (Islamic Name Muhammad Umar) a Converted Muslim aged 45 year from her home with the help of his companions. Anwar Boota (Islamic Name Muhammad Umar) embraces Islam years back and associated with the radical cleric Dr. Mian Abdul sami Haqqani of village 55/2-L.

Ghulam Masih filed an application against Anwar Boota in Sadar Police station at District Okara. On4th July 2012FIR (First information record) bearing No.627/12 was registered against Anwar Boota. After Abducting Shabana Masih, Anwar Boota (Islamic Name Muhammad Umar) repeatedly raped and tortured her; He also forcibly took the thumb impression of Shabana Masih on different papers. After 2 months Shabana Masih escaped from the detention of Anwar Boota (Islamic Name Muhammad Umar)   and reached to her parental home .

Ghulam Masih and Shabana Masih along hundreds of villagers reached at police station at Sardar Okara, the Investigation officer Haji Abdul Ghafoor refused to take her statement. Whereas Haji Adbul Ghafoor pressurized Shabana Masih and her father to favour the accused. He harassed Ghulam Masih and Shabana Masih that if they did not change their statement then he will involved his father in criminal case as well registered a Blasphemy case against Shabana Masih.

Anwar Boota (Muhammad Umar) get the bail before arrest with the help of  Muslim cleric Dr. Mian Abdul Sami Haqqani and Local police, after providing the fake document of Shabana Masih that she also embraced Islam on 2nd July,2012. Mian Adbul Sami Haqqani submitted his statement before the session Judge that Shabana accepted Islam and now married with Anwar Boota ( Muhmmad Umar).

In October,2012 Mr. Ghulam Masih and her daughter Shabana  requested the Farrukh Saif   to help them in legal matter as well provide them security. Now Advocate  Mr. Nadeem Hassan has filed the petition in High Court of Lahore against the Anwar Boota (Muhammad Umar).

ECSPE therefore request international community to please lift your voice for the defenseless Christian girls. Targeting christian girls are pleasurable activity for Muslim of Pakistan. Please keep Christians of Pakistan in your prayers.

Please listen to her testimony.

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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