Date: October 23, 2015
By Dan Wooding, Special to the ASSIST News Service
KASUR, PAKISTAN (ANS – October 23, 2015) -- A married Pakistani Christian deaf and dumb woman has allegedly been gang raped by three Muslim men who were said to have come to her home in a Pakistani village when all the male members of the family were away working, and brutally attacked her.
“The shocking incident took place at a village called Bonga Ghanda Singh, Wala Kasur,” said a spokesperson for the Pakistan-based Legal Evangelical Association Development) LEAD, in a message to the ASSIST News Service. “The poor woman asked the rapists for mercy, but they mercilessly made her target of their lust.”
A close member of the victim’s family has since met with Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a Human Rights Defender, who heads this free legal aid and advocacy group, and has requested legal assistance for the case against the attackers.
The man told Mr. Gill that a First Information report (FIR) has been registered with the local police and one of the accused has been arrested, but the two other men have escaped and the police are now said to be hunting for them.
“However, in almost every one of these kind of cases, police either fail to act, or sided with the rapists, and sometimes, witnesses are pressurized to retract from their original statement or political pressure is built up on complainant for compromise,” explained the LEAD spokesperson. “A number of Christian women and children in Pakistan are being mauled in silence, and consequently, their stories usually never surface, and when activists speak on behalf of such victims, they almost all tell us that they have been victimized at the hands of extreme oppressive powers.”
The spokesperson added, “We at LEAD provide free legal assistance and advocacy to those victims of sexual assaults who cannot afford to bear the expenses and costs occurred to fight for justice and LEAD's work is only possible with your support and it requests to support our work for such victims.”
For more information on LEAD, please go to www.leadfamily.blogspot.com
Photo captions: 1) The “gang raped” woman with her child. (Photo: LEAD) 2) Sardar Mushtaq Gill. 3) Dan Wooding with his award from the BPCA.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of some 45 books and has been given a special award by the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), for his reporting on the persecution of Christians in Pakistan. For more information on the group, please go to: http://www.