by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – A 19-year-old Christian woman in Karachi, Pakistan, was severely burned last week when a Muslim extremist threw acid in her face because she refused to renounce her faith and enter an Islamic relationship with him, Morning Star News (MSN) reports.
Sunita Masih, a resident of Karachi’s Kala Pull area, was attacked by her Muslim neighbor Kamran Bux on February 1, MSN reports. Bux was known to Masih as he had repeatedly harassed her, trying to make her be in a relationship with him.
As both her parents have died, Sunita lives with her sister and is closely connected with her uncle, John Masih. Sunita’s family were aware of the harassment by Bux, and they tried to stop him. “He would try to force her to renounce her Christian faith, assuring her that he would marry her once she became a Muslim, but she refused to surrender to his illegitimate demands, “ John Masih told MSN. “Sunita had informed her siblings about Kamran’s harassment, and they had repeatedly complained to his parents, urging them to stop him, but that did not work.”
“Sunita is just 19, but now her whole life has been physically and mentally scarred by Kamran,” Masih added. “Even if he is convicted for his crime, will Sunita be able to live a normal life again? We all know how our society treats acid attack survivors, even though they are the victims of this heinous crime.”
Sunita Masih suffered 20 percent burns in the attack, MSN said
The family had also reported the matter to police prior to the attack, but no action was taken, MSN said. Now, however, it is understood the local Frere Police Station has taken Bux into custody and opened a case against him.
Ruled by a harsh Islamic regime, Pakistan ranks 7th on the US Open Doors World Watch List of the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted.
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