Just when you think you’ve big problems, you read a horrible story like this that puts everything into perspective:
CHRISTIAN TODAY – A 15-year-old Christian girl has been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam before being married to her abductor in Pakistan, her family have said.
The girl, identified as Saima Bibi, was abducted by a group of Muslim men when she was alone in a village in the Kasur district of Pakistan, her brother Riaz Masih said. The family have lodged a case against the kidnappers with police in Kasur.
“We have been told that she has married after converting to Islam with a Muslim man Tanvir, her kidnapper.” Masih told ucanews.com. “My sister… is 15 years old. We have her birth certificate, which will be produced before the court.”
Saima and her alleged-husband will appear before a local court, “where the girl can testify whether she was kidnapped or willingly married the Muslim man,” a police spokesperson said.
The forced marriages usually follow a similar pattern, in which a young girl is abducted, converted to Islam and then married to the abductor or a third party. According to [Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP)], the family often file a complaint, but that is then countered by the abductor.
The victim remains in the custody of her abductor throughout the case, during which time she may be subjected to “sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse,” MSP said.
Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, head of Legal Evangelical Association Development, who has experience with similar cases, said “the perpetrators often take a plea of marriage and conversion to Islam so that they can save themselves from criminal charges of rape and kidnapping.”
When I see stories like this it crushes me. The suffering that this young Christian girl is going through is more paramount than what most of us will experience our entire lives. And there’s little that can be done about it in a country that condones this in the name of Islam.
The only thing I can put my faith in is that one great day Jesus will break open the sky and rain down His judgement on these people and end this scourge, and that day just can’t come soon enough for this young Christian girl and the thousands like her all over the world.
The Lord’s Day of Vengeance
Who is this who comes from Edom,
in crimsoned garments from Bozrah,
he who is splendid in his apparel,
marching in the greatness of his strength?
“It is I, speaking in righteousness,
mighty to save.”
Why is your apparel red,
and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?
“I have trodden the winepress alone,
and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood spattered on my garments,
and stained all my apparel.
For the day of vengeance was in my heart,
and my year of redemption had come.
I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold;
so my own arm brought me salvation,
and my wrath upheld me.
I trampled down the peoples in my anger;
I made them drunk in my wrath,
and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”