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Christian woman, mother of two, abducted and forced into slavery because of debt
Her labourer husband took out a loan to have his sick father undergo medical treatment. Muslim landlord who owns the debt now wants repayment; to achieve his goal, he threatened and insulted the family, calling them “lowlife” who “will always be our slave” because “We Muslims are superior to any other religion.” Initially, police refused to intervene and file a complaint about the abduction.
After years of torture at the hands of his Muslim landlord, he quits and is murdered
Punjab: after 10 years of work for a landlord who beat him and his family, Sadiq Masih quits; but his employer is unforgiving. The victim’s lawyer warns: Sadiq’s assassins are now threatening his entire family and those who help organise his funeral.
Muslim woman forced to flee for marrying a Christian
A couple comprising a Christian and a Muslim is forced to live hiding: society condemns their love, for an Islamic scholar it "is punishable by death." The bishop of Islamabad: "The State must defend them, or it will soon disappear."
Faisalabad: 16 year old Christian girl gang raped for hours by young Muslims
The rape took place in the house of one of the three members of the group, all belonging to wealthy families. The incident occurred in broad daylight; the desperate cries for help of the girl in vain. The father tells AsiaNews: "despite our poverty, I will not accept compromise." Vicar General: "poor family, but rich in the Catholic faith. They deserve justice. "
Punjab: armed Muslims rape a Christian, a "common practice"
A 32 year old woman and mother of five children was abducted and raped in turn by three men. Threats to the husband to force him to withdraw his complaint. Police officers covering the crime, drawing up a report full of holes. Priest in Lahore: Christian violence against women is widespread and scandalous.
Parliament's call on the government to protect churches and temples praised and criticised
Pakistan's National Assembly unanimously passes a (non-binding) resolution urging the government to protect minority places of worship. For Mgr Rufin Anthony, it is a positive step. Ulema Council spokesman and a Hindu leader also express support for the motion. Paul Bhatti does not, arguing that the matter is already a constitutionally mandated government responsibility. For him, what counts is "to apply existing rules".
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