13 Year old Christian Girl Abducted,Forcibly converted and married to 44 Year old man

Arzoo Masih is a 13 year old child who was abducted, forcibly converted and married to a 44 year old man

 

PAKISTAN

Pakistan teen's abduction, conversion sparks Christian outcry

The case of Arzoo Masih, 13, kicks off renewed calls for a law against growing practice against religious minority girls

UCA News reporter, Karachi

UCA News reporter, Karachi

Updated: October 19, 2020 08:02 AM GMT
Pakistan teen's abduction, conversion sparks Christian outcry

Arzoo Masih, a 13-year-old Christian girl, was kidnapped and forced to marry her Muslim abductor in Pakistan. (Photo; supplied)

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A teenage Christian girl was kidnapped and forced to marry her Muslim abductor in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, her family says.

A local Muslim man is accused of abducting 13-year-old Arzoo Masih while she was playing outside her home in Karachi's St. Anthony's Parish. The Catholic girl is the youngest of four children in her family.

Arzoo's mother, Rita Masih, said she and her husband were at work on Oct. 13 when they received a phone call from a close relative that Arzoo had gone missing.

The family immediately filed a kidnapping complaint with the police. The crime is punishable by death or lengthy imprisonment in Pakistan.

However, on Oct. 15, the police summoned the family to the station where they were given marriage papers which claimed Arzoo was 18 and had willingly converted to Islam after marrying Ali Azhar, a local Muslim.