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tree 2363348 640Pakistani Christian girls have been abducted, raped and forced to marry their rapists, according to human rights lawyers who try to rescue these women from their captors. The abducted girls are forced to convert to Islam, which makes their subsequent marriages legal under Pakistani law.
These are mostly girls from poor families who do not have the power or resources to fight back. Sadly, some families even abandon their child because she is thought to bring shame on the family.

I learned of the plight of these girls when visiting Lahore as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The views expressed in this column are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the commission.

  • Mariam, 12, was abducted in Lahore, forced to convert and then forced into marriage.
  • Ann, 14, was abducted and raped in Narowal.
  • Susan was abducted and forced to convert in Lahore.
  • Elizabeth, 14, was abducted and raped in Lahore.
  • Martha, 15, abducted, forced to convert and forced into marriage in Lahore.
  • Frances, 26, abducted, forced to convert and forced into marriage.
  • Sarah, 14, forced to convert and forced into marriage.

National Catholic Reporter - Pakistani Christians abducted, raped and forced into marriage