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DEC // 2015

Protect a Christian Girl

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Muslim attackers brutalized an 8-year-old Christian girl.

This young girl – Parwasha – was kidnapped, stripped, and beaten.

Her attackers then left her naked and shamed in the streets of Pakistan.

Like happens so often in Pakistan, a Muslim family had a vendetta against a Christian family because of their faith. They attacked this innocent girl.

Even worse, town authorities refused to prosecute her attackers and instead arrested members of the Christian family on false charges.

We’ve mobilized our office in Pakistan. We’ve had tremendous success protecting persecuted Christians in Pakistan. We’ve won numerous victories in court, defending Christians from false charges for their faith and ensuring radical Islamic mobs and attackers are prosecuted.

Now, our attorneys on the ground are preparing a legal petition to the Pakistani police to press charges against this Christian girl’s attackers. Be heard with us:

Petition to Protect Christian Girl Parwasha and Prosecute Her Attackers

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A Big Win for Parwasha – the 8-Year-Old Christian Girl Brutalized in...

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Mar 02, 2016

A Christian girl has been vindicated in Pakistan, and her Christian family will no longer be forced to leave their home. It’s a significant victory. Our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and...

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Court Orders Criminal Case Against Parwasha’s Attackers in Pakistan

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Dec 21, 2015

The European Centre for Law and Justice’s (ECLJ) affiliate in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), won a big victory in court earlier today to defend Parwasha by ensuring her Muslim attackers are...

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Pressing Criminal Charges Against Muslim Attackers for Brutalizing a...

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Nov 30, 2015

The ECLJ’s affiliate in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), is in the process of pressing criminal charges against a Muslim family for brutalizing a young Christian girl. The attackers stripped...

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In Pakistan, Muslim attackers stripped Parwasha, an eight-year-old Christian girl, and then beat her, and left her naked on the streets—all for a crime she didn't commit.

This assault and public humiliation occurred because a Muslim family sought retribution against Parwasha's maternal uncle. Parwasha's uncle, Iftikhar Masih, was invited by his Muslim girlfriend, Samina, to her house late at night. Because interreligious marriages or romantic relationships are a taboo in Pakistan, Samina's Muslim family was furious when they found out about Samina's relationship with Iftikhar. Iftikhar admitted to the relationship, and explained that he had been invited over by Samina. In Pakistan, when a non-Muslim man is in a relationship with a Muslim woman, it often results in physical harm to the man or his family.

The day after finding out about the relationship, Samina's family called the village elders' council. They alleged that Iftikhar had robbed their house the night before and stolen a large sum of money. Iftikhar told the council the real story. Iftikhar's response to the allegations against him escalated the conflict. In the eyes of Samina's family, Samina's honor had to be restored by equally dishonoring a woman from Iftikhar's family. Samina's Muslim family, however, chose an eight-year-old girl to dishonor.

Samina's family kidnapped Parwasha the next day when she was on her way home from school. Samina and her mother beat Parwasha and stripped her naked in front of Samina's father and brother. They threw her clothes in a garbage pile on the street and left her to face public humiliation.

After being left in the streets, Parwasha ran toward her home. Upon hearing her cries, Parwasha's family came out to the street and found her. Parwasha's family sought help from the village elders, who did nothing.

In a last ditch effort to seek justice, Sher Masih, Parwasha's grandfather, went to the local police station to file a complaint against the Muslim family for assaulting Parwasha. However, when Masih arrived at the police station, he discovered that Samina's family had already filed a complaint against his whole family—accusing them of assaulting and shaming Samina.

Ignoring Sher Masih's complaint against Samina's family, the local police arrested members of the Christian family, Sher Masih and his son Iftikhar, and held them in detention until an agreement was struck through the village elders' council between the Muslim and the Christian family that Sher Masih would sell his family's property and leave the area within a month.

Although Pakistan has outlawed village elders' councils, they are still very much a part of Pakistani culture. Many disputes in rural areas are still handled by these councils, often with severe and unjust consequences for the weaker party. And, a Christian party against a Muslim party is always weak.

Our legal team in Pakistan visited the village and gathered the facts. We are now preparing a legal petition, seeking an order from the court directing the police to file criminal charges against the assailants. If our petition is accepted, the charges will be filed under section 354-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, which severely punishes assaults and the use of criminal force against a woman resulting in stripping her and exposing her to public view. Join us as we fight for justice for Parwasha and her family. Take action with us today.

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