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Pakistan: Hearing and speech impaired minor Christian girl abducted and sexually assaulted

After widespread outrage over the horrifying incident, Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari took to Twitter to claim that she has taken up the matter related to the incident and has promised the culprits will be caught.

In yet another horrific incident of attack on religious minorities in Pakistan, a Christian minor girl, Komal Patras, was abducted and sexually assaulted in Lahore’s Shibli town.

In a video that has now gone viral on social media, a mother can be seen crying as she retells the painful incident where her hearing and speech impaired daughter was abducted. She says how when she found out that her daughter was missing, she filed a missing person report. She also said that three men, Alim, Bashar and Asim in the FIR but the police has not taken any action against them. She also alleged that the kidnappers also sent naked pictures of their daughter to her.

Komal’s sister and mother say that while abducted, Komal managed to call and tried to communicate with them the way she would while at home. Since she is speech impaired, she could not speak about her plight but she did manage to try and communicate with her family. “She kept screaming,” her sister said while talking about the phone call Komal made.

After widespread outrage over the horrifying incident, Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari took to Twitter to claim that she has taken up the matter related to the incident and has promised the culprits will be caught.

Abduction and forceful conversion of minor non-Muslim girls in Pakistan

This incident comes days after a 14-year-old Christian girl Myra Shehbaz was abducted in Pakistan’s Faisalabad when she was travelling to her workplace. Eye witness accounts by Pervez Masih, Younas Masih, and Naeem Masih state that Myra was forcibly abducted in a car while she resisted. The men were armed and as such the eyewitnesses could not help the victim. She was then married off to one of her abductors and forcibly converted. Earlier in January, a Muslim man abducted a Hindu girl while her wedding was in progress and forcibly converted her to Islam before forcing her to marry him. In December last year, another 14-year-old Christian girl in Karachi was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam and married off to her abductor.

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