Pakistan Police Free Abducted Christian Girl

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By a Worthy News CorrespondentĀ reporting from Pakistan

Cynthia Masih was abducted in Rawalpindi.
RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- Pakistani police freed a Christian girl who was kidnapped and raped by five Muslim militants with the apparent support from "religious leaders", but the suspects escaped, her family said Wednesday, June 16.

Cynthia Masih, 14, was abducted May 29 while traveling with another girl in a three-wheeled motorized 'rickshaw' in the city of Rawalpindi near Pakistan's capital Islamabad, explained her father Lazarus Masih.

He said the five suspects, including three alleged drugs dealers, took his daughter to a house in a suburb of Islamabad "where they drugged and raped her". The men -- identified by police as Guddu, Kamran, Waqas, Adil and Ali -- had earlier threatened him and his daughter, Lazarus Masih said.

"They told me that if Cynthia would not be allowed to marry Guddu, they would kill her," he added. "They said they had attended an Islamic Religious Convention where the speaker told them that if they marry a non-Muslim or rape a non- Muslim girl, they would get 70 virgins in heaven."

KEY WITNESS

He said he and his wife began searching for Cynthia when they returned home from work in Rawalpindi's Mohalla Raja Sultan neighborhood, early Sunday, May 29. "Cynthia wasn't home and my two other daughters had no idea where she went because they were at school. We soon learned from my brother-in-law that he had witnessed five Muslims following a rickshaw carrying Cynthia."

He said he informed local police, but security forces only freed his daughter after pressure from three Christian advocacy groups.

Officials from Ephlal Ministry, Life for All and Peace Pakistan pleaded with police to recover her, Lazarus Masih recalled. Law enforcement personnel eventually raided a home in Islamabad on June 6 and freed the girl, said Chief Police Officer Mazhar Hussain.

SUSPECTS ESCAPE

It was unclear when and if the escaped suspects would be detained. "This is a very sad incident," Hussain stressed earlier in a statement, without elaborating.

Lazarus Masih told Worthy News and its news partner BosNewsLife he was still awaiting justice. "The Medical report shows that Cynthia was raped and given drugs. Now she frightened and is not speaking to anyone. Our whole family is devastated."

Priest John Gill, who supports the Masih family, expressed concern that at least some Islamic clergy apparently encourage abuse towards Christian women. "Is is such a shame that these religious leaders teach inhuman acts. This incident has ruined the life of an innocent child".

Rights groups have suggested that this is the latest in a series of violent incidents against Christian women in Pakistan, a heavily Islamic nation.

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  1. Praying!

    "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." Matthew 18:6

    Heal Them LORD

    "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised," Luke 4:18

    Save The Muslim And The Islamic

    Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
    And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
    She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world." John 11:25-27

    In Jesus Name

    Hallelujah!

    Amen!

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