Pakistani Christian Woman is Gang-Raped and Threatened by Muslim Attackers
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Apr 26
The Christian Post reports that the woman was at home with her two-year-old daughter at the time of the attack. Her husband was away serving in the army.
"The men treated me like an animal, telling me I was a worthless Christian, but I know my God is a great God. When I screamed they told me that they knew my husband was away and that I was unprotected. They threatened to kill my child if I did not comply with their perverse demands," said the victim, 30-year-old Asia Mushtaq from the Toba Tak Singh district.
"They said Christian women are all whores and they would come back and repeat their debauchery if I ever told anyone. I feel so unclean now, but have done nothing wrong. I want these men to be punished and hope the law will protect me," she added.
In the morning, Mushtaq immediately reported the crime to the police, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), but the Muslim men who attacked her come from wealthy families, so government authorities were hesitant to take action against them.
"Another woman finds herself a target of the whims of brutal Muslim rapists in Pakistan, in a society that targets its most vulnerable community: Christians. Furthermore, this time a soldier, whose only desire was to serve and protect his country, has found that the majority of his country do not feel the same way about him," said Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the BPCA.
The army with which Mushtaq’s husband serves has also offered little protection to his family.
Christian persecution in Pakistan has been escalating, and Christians often are threatened if they report attacks to the police, who are often swayed by the Muslim majority in the country.
Publication date: April 26, 2016