The situation involving an Pakistani Christian girl and her family has become more complex, but her family and their advocates are not giving up on the fight to bring her home.
OneNewsNow has previously reported on Huma Younus, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was kidnapped by Muslims, forced to give up her Christian faith and convert to Islam, and marry one of her kidnappers. Now, Edward Clancy of Aid to the Church in Need-USA reports that the girl was recently able to make a phone call.
"She reported to her parents that she now is pregnant, and she is locked in a single room within the home, presumably of her abductor and the father of the baby, Abdul Jabbar," Clancy explains. "Right now [she] is living a very tough life and is afraid to both leave and do anything that might cause her harm."
The Christian Post reports that Younus' parents have declared the marriage between their daughter and her captor to be invalid because she is not of legal age to consent to the marriage (which is 18) under the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act. But the family was told that if they try to retrieve their daughter, then they will stand accused of blasphemy, which carries the death penalty.
"The particularly troubling thing about this case is that Huma was abducted from her home," the international charity's outreach director laments. "Most times it seems it happens when they're on their way to school, or back home, or out with friends, and not just in any protected area. But in this case, three men broke into the home and abducted her and took her away."
An estimated 2,000 Christian and Hindu girls are kidnapped every year, and Clancy says it is extremely difficult to get the girls back home.
Huma's family has taken legal action, but the courts move extremely slowly with cases filed by religious minorities.