NO LONGER SURPRISING STORY #1
SHEIKHUPURA, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- Sidra Sarwar, a fourteen-year-old Christian girl, has been allegedly raped by three Muslim men and held in captivity for about three months, ANS has learned.
According to Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP), Muhammad Khalid, a Muslim man used indecent language against her when she was walking through the local fields in August 2009.
The organization then alleged that Khalid and two accomplices kidnapped Sidra at gun point on August 28, 2009 at 5 pm.
The ministry said that each of the three kidnappers allegedly raped Sidra for a month. The SLMP said that Muhammad Khalid married Sidra after she became pregnant to avoid being prosecuted.
SLMP said Sidra managed to escape from captivity and reached her family on December 20, 2009.
“The poor family tried best to get a case registered against Khalid and his fellows but failed. After a month some Christian elders helped Sidra and pressurized local police and finally the Police First Information Report was registered against the culprits on January 20, 2010”, said Sohail Johnson, Chief Coordinator of SLMP.
Johnson told ANS that when police officers conducted a raid to arrest culprits they (the police) discovered that they had secured a pre-arrest bail.
The Christian rights activist told ANS that the culprits got away with rape and kidnapping after Muhammad Khalid produced wedding certificate in the court.
The SLMP said the police declared culprits innocent on May 13, 2010.
Mr. Johnson told ANS that Sidra is 8 months pregnant. He added, “The girl and her family are allegedly receiving threats from the culprits to stop them from pursuing justice”. Source.
NO LONGER SURPRISING STORY #2
U.K. An obsessed schoolboy of 14 who murdered his ex-girlfriend and her sister in an arson attack on their home in revenge for being dumped is facing a life sentence.
Akmol Miah targeted Maleha Masud, 15, and got his cousin to help him pour petrol through her family's letterbox and light it while they slept.
During his trial Miah could not be named because of his age but a judge today took the unusual step of lifting the reporting restriction because of the seriousness of the case.
The Old Bailey heard he had been in an on-off relationship with Maleha for only three months but during that time contacted her 1,679 times by texts or telephone.
She kept the relationship secret from her mother because it had not been approved by her traditional Muslim family.
Miah tried to exploit her fear by threatening to tell her mother if they did not stay together.
When she finally ended it for good he told Maleha: 'I'm going to f*** your family up', the court heard.
He searched on Google for 'how to burn someone's house down' the day before the attack on her home in Tooting, south London, at 4.30am on June 21 last year - and later celebrated his success by storing a picture of the burnt house as his computer screensaver, the jury was told.
Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw said: 'His feelings for Maleha spiralled completely out of control. He became so obsessed with her that if he could not have her, nobody else could.'
As the fire raged, Maleha's mother Rubina, 55, and older brother Zain, 24, a City banker, managed to jump to safety from a window. Other brother Junaid, 18, was lucky to survive after being rescued by firefighters.
Both Maleha and her sister Nabiha, 21, who had recently become engaged, were also pulled from the blaze.
But Maleha had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and brain damage and died three days later in hospital. Nabiha, who was also poisoned by the fumes from the fire, died a month later in hospital. Read more.
NO LONGER SURPRISING STORY #3
LAHORE: The leader of a madrassa allegedly abducted a minor Hindu girl from Rahim Yar Khan and did not let her parents meet their daughter, claiming that the girl had converted to Islam and no longer wanted to meet her “non-Muslim relatives”.
Radha (13) was abducted in December 2009, her parents told Daily Times, adding that they had “knocked on every door stretching from the president of Pakistan to Punjab chief minister and chief secretary, but to no avail”. “Local police, including the former and current district police officers of Rahim Yar Khan, are supporting the people who abducted Radha and are neither registering a first information report (FIR) against the accused, nor are they taking any action to recover the girl from the custody of Abdul Jabbar and Naveed,” they alleged.
Several human rights activists and local Hindu leaders have termed the incident “another case of forced conversion” and slammed the government for not addressing the concerns of the victim’s family.
Mehnga Ram – Radha’s father – told Daily Times that his daughter had been missing since December 21, 2009, and that the family had searched for her everywhere before some friends informed them that their girl was in the possession of the leader of the Darul Aloom in Khanpur.
“We went to the Abdul Jabbar, the head of the madrassa, and others and requested them that our girl be returned to us.”
Forget the girl: They initially denied that Radha was in their custody, but later admitted the fact only to then tell us that they could not allow us to meet our daughter since she had converted to Islam and did not want to see any of her non-Muslim relatives,” the father said, adding that he then went to the authorities, seeking to register an FIR against the culprits, but the police said they could not register an FIR because the “girl had converted and the family should just forget the matter”. Read more.
NO LONGER SURPRISING STORY #4
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan, May 25 (CDN) — A Christian who accused a Muslim of raping his 12-year-old daughter has fled his town in Punjab Province with his family following death threats and police pressure to drop the case.
Citing “continuous threats” to take his life, Zafar Masih left Gujranwala’s predominantly Muslim town of Nai Abadi Tatlay Aali within 10 days of accusing Ali Ahmed, a 28-year-old businessman, of beating and raping his daughter on May 12.
His daughter, whose name was withheld, told Compass that her employer, Ahmed, beat and raped her when she went to his home, where she worked as a house servant. When she arrived she was surprised to find him at home in his room, she said.
“He grabbed my hair and asked me to sleep with him,” she said, amid tears. “I refused to let him have sexual relations with me, which enraged him.”
Her body marred with bruises, she said he tore her clothes and she screamed, but no one else was in the home to hear her.
“Ali Ahmed overpowered me, and all my efforts were futile even though I strained with all my energy to stop him,” she said. “After getting stigmatized, I was threatened with dire consequences and the slaying of my whole family if I told about the rape.”
The oldest of four children, she fled the house and immediately sent her younger brother to call her father, who was working in a nearby field, she said.
Masih, her father, said he immediately went to Tatlay Aali police station and submitted an application to file a First Information Report against Ahmed. Station House Officer Inspector Iqbal Ojjhra refused, he said, and began to pressure him to withdraw the application.
A powerful local politician along with the area’s largest land owner, Imtiyaz Kharral, have since threatened to maim or kill him, Masih said. Read more.
NO LONGER SURPRISING STORY #5
Islamabad: May 19, 2010. (PCP) A Christian girl who was kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam has been reunited with her family after three years apart. Tina Barkat, now 28, was kidnapped by the family of her friend Sobia, who together with her uncle forced her to convert to Islam and marry one of their relatives, Qaiser.
Tina tried to escape from the family several times but says it was not until the security around her was relaxed following the birth of her second baby to Qaiser that she was able to escape.
She alleges that while she was forced to live with Qaiser and his family, his parents were very abusive towards her and her husband used to beat her.
She is now with her family and does not wish to return to her Muslim husband. His family have reacted by registering a case against Tina and her family.
Her father, Barkat Masih, an elder in his local church, was detained illegally by the police over the incident but was freed after CLAAS appealed to the high court.
He told CLAAS that the police did not help him when he went to them in a bid to secure Tina’s release. Instead of registering a kidnapping case against Sobia’s family, he says the police threatened him and told him not to come back to register a complaint again because his daughter had already converted to Islam and therefore had no further relationship with them - the custom in Pakistan when a person converts and marries into a Muslim family. Read more.
And what's the Muslim response? "Oh, David, we don't agree with any of this. Of course, these things don't bother us enough to actually do something about them, so the practices will continue. After all, we've got better things to do, like complain about cartoons. If you join Islam, David, you too can develop a completely warped sense of morality."