Binish Paul, an 18-year-old Christian high school student, was being stalked by a Muslim man whom she thought was her friend. But when she said no to his repeated marriage proposals, he got angry and after beating her, he pushed her out of a second floor window in the building. The girl survived, but has suffered severe fractures in her spine and legs, and she will NEVER be able to walk again.
Evangelical Focus (h/t Marvin W) Right after the attempted murder, the family of the man, supported by political parties and the local Islamic community, went to see the parents of Binish Paul and ordered them not to prosecute his son legally.
“They threatened them with death and accused them of blasphemy”, Tabassum Yousaf, a Christian lawyer at the High Court, who has taken charge of the defense for free, told Italian newspaper Tempi.
The family tried to file a complaint at the police station, but “they did not want to take charge of the complaint, they asked them to let it go. This is unfortunately very common in Pakistan”, Yousaf said. The hospital did not want to release the medical records either.
Finally, Yousaf filed a complaint directly with the court on August 24, and the alleged muderer is now in pre-trial detention. But Yousaf, too, is now facing death threats from the Muslims. Such is life for the persecuted Christians in Pakistan.