PAKISTAN police have dropped an investigation into three Muslim men accused of kidnapping a Christian girl, 12, before sexually abusing her and chaining her up for five months. Farah Shaheen (photo right), now age 13, was abducted from Faisalabad on June 25 and spent over five months in the yard of Muslim man Khizar Hayat, 45, who, with his pals, repeatedly raped and sexually abused her.
Daily Mail (h/t Ghulam) Police rescued the youngster in Faisalabad on December 5 and found cuts from the shackles on her ankles from where she had been bound and forced to work in the man’s yard all day clearing animal dung.
Her family is accusing police of fabricating evidence, ignoring their case, and racially abusing them during the investigation. Investigators said they had dropped the charges against Hayat after Farah testified that she had agreed to marry him and convert to Islam, according to a report in The Times.
‘Ms Shaheen confessed before a magistrate…that she married…of her own will and wants to live with him,’ investigating officer Musaddiq Riaz told the publication., adding that a police report suggested the girl was aged 16 or 17. However, Farah’s birth certificate confirmed her age last June as 12, The Times reported.
The case has been taken up by Christian charities who claim a number of girls are being abducted and forced into marriage in Pakistan.
The girl’s father, Asif Masih, has dismissed the police report as a fabrication, and claimed that officers ignored his report of Farah’s abduction for months. He has appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan for help.
ACNUK Masih said, “She was sexually assaulted by her abductor and raped multiple times by his friends and described his “dismay” at the alleged failure of the police, the courts and medical professionals, whom he accuses of “repeatedly letting us down” for failing to do justice for his daughter.
Criticising the medics, who examined Farah’s teeth, bones and genitalia, he said: “The findings of this medical report we, as a family, dismiss as an utter fabrication, a travesty of justice and an insult to the independence of the medical profession. It is an outright lie.”
He spoke out against the judiciary which – pending a court case into the legitimacy of her marriage to a man more than 30 years her senior – placed Farah in a women’s refuge rather than allowing her to go home to her family.
Mr Masih said: “It is imperative that the courts annul the marriage conducted against Farah’s will and allow her to come home. “It is urgent that she returns to us for the good of her mental health.” He said: “Farah needs psychological help. She was already vulnerable as she lost her mother – my wife – five years ago.
“Farah has serious symptoms of mental distress… She speaks in broken sentences and her powers of reason and decision making are seriously impaired.”
Human rights groups say at least 1,000 Christian and Hindu girls are kidnapped each year and forced to convert to Islam.
Aid to the Church in Need said the girl’s family made repeated complaints to the police but they were ignored for months. Her father said: ‘[She] has told me she was treated like a slave. Not only was she regularly raped, she was forced to work all day, cleaning filth in a cattle yard. 24-7, she was attached to a chain.’