The Tragic Tale of Rachel Nadeem : Christian Persecution in Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

December 5, 2023

Christian persecution Pakistan

The issue of Christian persecution in Pakistan appears to persist without any apparent resolution. We are sharing the tragic story of Rachel Nadeem, a 24-year-old woman whom the Kiln Manager and others sexually assaulted for their pleasure.

Rachel and her husband Nadeem were working in the Brick Kiln in Kasur, Punjab, Pakistan. The couple had three children: 2 boys and one girl. As we observed, most of the girls and women workers in the Kilns are mostly gone through manhandling and sexual assault by the Kiln owners, managers, and others who were involved in the Kilns administration.

Similarly, Rachel became another victim of assault. On the 6th of November 2023, one of the men, Chand, and a few others, entered the house and tried to take her to the room of the Kiln Manager, Muhammad Saif.

Chand, who converted to Islam and became the right-hand man of the Kiln Manager, frequently coerced Christian girls and women into providing sexual favors for the Kiln Manager and others. Due to the immense debt burden on these girls, women, and their families, they find it challenging to report such incidents to the police. They often record videos of these women and blackmail them if they refuse to cooperate.

Rachel was full-term pregnant when Chand and others tried to take her to the Kiln Manager’s office; over her resistance, they started beating her with sticks as well as kicking her stomach. As a result, she fainted, and the people nearby saved her from these people.

During the incident, someone called the police after witnessing Chand and others maltreating a woman. However, within a few minutes, the Kiln Owner, a High Court Advocate and an influential landlord in Kasur, arrived at the police station with the Kiln Manager, Muhammad Saif, and prevented the police from taking action against the culprits.

They also started forcing Rachel’s husband, Nadeem Masih, not to take legal action against the culprits. A Poor family was already under immense debt, so they kept quiet. However, Rachel’s condition became terrible after a few days; she was unaware of the fact that her child had died in the womb.

Initially, the husband took her to the local gynecologist, who confirmed that the child was no more and referred them to the hospital for a cesarean section.

The Kiln Owner, Advocate Abdul Rehman, and Manager Muhammad Saif stopped Nadeem from taking his wife to the hospital because such incidents led to police reports. However, when Rachel’s condition worsened, the Kiln Owner and her husband took her to the hospital.

On 15th Nov 2023, she was admitted to the THQ hospital in Kot Radha Kishan in Lahore. However, the Kiln owner used his influence and forced doctors not to give them any document regarding the operation; however, the only document Nadeem obtained was a certification of the death of his child.

The family was again taken back to the kiln, where they were compelled to pursue peace and reconciliation with Chand and the Kiln Manager, Muhammad Saif. Even when Nadeem approached the police and declined to heed the Kiln owner’s directives, the police refused to register an FIR against the culprits and threatened Nadeem to return home.

On 3rd Dec 2023, our team in Pakistan received information about this incident and contacted the aggrieved family. They explained to our group what was transpiring in the kiln and how Rachel was coerced into doing something she did not want to do.

Yesterday, Our Organization ECSPE successfully rescued the family and initiated the provision of the necessary medical and legal assistance they required. Tomorrow, we are filing a case in the Lahore High Court against the Kiln owner and all other individuals involved in this horrendous incident.

We invite you to stand with us in prayer for Rachel and her family during these difficult moments.

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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