Four Muslim men in Pakistan gang-raped a Christian woman in front of her five children to allegedly avenge a Muslim family's "honor," according to the Voice Society's coordinator and Christian lawyer Aneeqa M. Anthony.
On June 25, four Muslim men went to Samrah Badal's home to inquire about a young Muslim named Sehar Wasif who eloped with the Christian woman's sister Inayat Masih. Wasif's brother, who was one of the men sent by the Muslim family, asked Badal for news but she did not answer the men, prompting them to beat her, Agenzia Fides details.
Aside from that, the Muslim men also stripped her naked and dragged her in the street. They raped her while her five children looked on.
The Voice Society, a nongovernmental organization, filed a complaint with the police on behalf of Badal. Atty. Anthony has called on Christian politicians including Minister Kamran Michael to intervene and help the victim, as they are going against a very influential Muslim family in Lahore.
The gang rape comes barely a month after a pregnant woman and her husband were murdered in Faisalabad in an honor killing. Muhammad Shakil, 30, and Aqsa, 26, were in their home when the latter's brother barged in and beat the married couple mercilessly before taking them to an unidentified place, Pakistan Today reports.
The victims' bodies were discovered in a Gujra-Jang Branch canal after three days. Based on autopsy results, the couple died because of gun shots to their heads. Their bodies also displayed various injury marks. Plus, the postmortem report revealed that Aqsa was pregnant and was set to deliver her baby in four days.
A police official said Aqsa's brother has already been arrested in connection with the incident. The victim's bodies, however, were buried by the Gojra Police because their parents refused to receive the corpses.