By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
SAHIWAL, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- A Christian minor girl from Sahiwal, a city in Punjab, Pakistan, was recently murdered after being "gang raped" by a group of five Muslim men.
The dead girl, Muqadas Kainat
The young girl's name, Muqadas Kainat, was revealed to the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net) by the Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD Family Pakistan), an organization that provides free legal aid, settlement and spiritual support to Christian persecuted and destitute,
The group said that they had discovered news of this terrible crime after being visited in their office by two rights campaigners who told them that the father of child, Mr. Rafique Masih, had been working as a brick maker and had lived in the area for the past 15 years. Also that he, and his wife, had seven children.
They were told that on August 14, 2012, he was visiting a local hospital where his wife was having her appendix removed and during that time, the group were told that the minor girl had gone into a local field to relieve herself and was then viciously set upon by a gang of men and gang raped and murdered.
"The father's elder brother, Arshad Masih, came to hospital and told Rafique Masih that his daughter had not come home since the morning," said a spokesperson for LEAD Family Pakistan.
"Rafique Masih rushed to home and searched for her in area of the brick kiln company [where he worked] and also in the homes his neighbors, but did not find his daughter.
Mushtaq Gill is taking up the case
"Then, on August 15, 2012, the Muslim clerk of the brick kiln company told Rafique Masih that he had received a phone call on his cell phone from an unknown caller that Muqadas Kainat was in fields. On hearing this, Rafique Masih, along with other people, started searching the nearby fields and eventually found dead body of his daughter."
The spokesperson went on to say that her body was taken to the police station for a postmortem which, he said, proved that she had been "gang raped and later strangled to death by five men."
The Farid Town Police Station has since registered a First Information Report (FIR) against unknown rapists and killers and started an investigation, but at this time none of culprits have been found and arrested.
Now Missionary Pastor, Mushtaq Gill, President/National Director of LEAD, is pledging for legal help and support for this case.