Danger could follow reunion

Thursday, April 9, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

arranged marriage in PakistanA spokesman for a group whose concern is the human rights of Christians and religious minorities says the good news concerning a kidnapped girl in Pakistan is not all positive.

The 13-year-old Christian girl has won a rare court victory allowing her to return to her family after she was kidnapped.

"She was kidnapped on March 1st by two Muslim men as she was out collecting water from a hand pump for her family," details William Stark of International Christian Concern. "She actually returned to her family after giving testimony before the Sessions Court saying that she had been abducted, she had been forcibly converted and had been forcefully married to one of the Muslim men who had actually taken her away."

The court decision, however, can potentially endanger all members of the girl's family.

"The family faces threats and other pressures from outside, usually from the families of the kidnappers, because once it's been defined that this was an abduction and she was forcefully converted and forcefully married, that automatically starts a criminal investigation into the two men that committed this," Stark explains.

That means the family members are likely already going into hiding. They worked as brick makers, which is one of the lowest paying jobs for Christians. And with the coronavirus pandemic and limited work available, they likely lack the most basic necessities.

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