Sneha Nazir: Forced Conversion and Marriage of Christian Teen in Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

July 2, 2024

Sneha Nazir: Forced Conversion and Marriage of Christian Teen in Pakistan

We want to share another case of forced conversion and forced marriage in Pakistan. Pakistan has become a hub for forced marriages and forced conversions of Christian teenage girls. In Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, a 14-year-old Christian girl, Sneha Nazir, was abducted by a 45-year-old Muslim man, Yasir, who was already married and had children nearly the age of Sneha.

Yasir lives in the same colony as Sneha and her family. Sneha’s father, Nazir Masih, works as a laborer.

Abductor: Forced Conversion and Marriage

On June 19, 2024, Sneha went to buy milk from a nearby shop when Yasir abducted her. He first converted her to Islam and then married her. The family filed a complaint at the police station, but the police refused to register an FIR against Yasir. On June 21, 2024, after ECSPE intervened, our team member in Lahore put pressure on the police, and they finally registered an FIR without mentioning the name of the abductor.

Police Inaction and Delayed Response

Even after registering the FIR, the police did not arrest Yasir and verbally told the family that the girl had converted to Islam and married Muhammad Yasir willingly. However, they did not provide any documents.

Unfortunately, a girl who was just 14 or 15 years old was allowed to change her religion and marry. Every year, thousands of Christian girls are abducted, converted to Islam, and forced into marriages. The law enforcement agencies and administration in Pakistan often support the abductors.

Intervention of First Wife of Muhammad Yasir

When Yasir’s first wife discovered this incident, she went to his newly rented house, where he kept Sneha. First, she scolded her husband and sent Sneha home on June 27, 2024. The family, along with our team, immediately contacted the police and recorded her statement, in which she confirmed that she was repeatedly raped by the abductor Yasir. Even then, the police did not arrest him. On July 1, our lawyer and family presented Sneha in court, where she submitted her statement before the judge.

Due to police delay and leniency towards Yasir, he fled. According to our information, Muhammad Yasir served in the Pakistan Army as a soldier, which may explain why the police were delaying action and even harassing the family.

ECSPE Team and Request

On July 3, the court directed a medical examination of the girl to confirm the rape. Hopefully, our legal team will accompany Sneha, and we hope that in the coming days, the abductor, Yasir, will be arrested.

We urge you to join us in praying for vulnerable Christian girls who have faced sexual harassment and abduction by Muslims in Pakistan.

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Bas

    Cannot understand why this isn’t on the feminist radar. Maybe because the left loves anything islam?

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