South Asia

12-year-old Christian girl kidnapped and raped in Pakistan

A 12-year-old Christian girl from Sheikhupura in Pakistan was abducted from her homeabducted from her home raped by three men and burnt with cigarettes

The mother of the Mishal, the girl who was attacked, complained to police but no action was taken against the men accused. The police did not follow up the complaint. The mother has now appealed to the Chief Minister of Punjab to take notice of the case.

According to Christians in Pakistan, the phenomenon of girls from religious minorities being kidnapped, raped and even forced into Islamic marriage is endemic in Pakistan. According to some estimates this affects up to 1000 girls every year.