Christian girl kidnapped, subjected to forced conversion and marriage in Pakistan; now facing death threats after escaping

A Pakistani Christian girl, who was kidnapped and subjected to forced conversion to Islam and forced marriage, is now facing death threats after escaping from her influential captor.

Asma Masih's parents said an influential resident named Ghulam Hussain abducted their daughter five months ago and forced her not only to convert to Islam but also to marry him. Legal persecution charity CLAAS-UK said that the girl, who is deaf and dumb, escaped from her captor and was able to return to their home.

However, Hussain has allegedly started issuing death threats and has demanded Masih's return. Muslim clerics have also declared that the girl can no longer live with her Christian family because she has already converted to Islam, Christians in Pakistan details.

A Pakistani Christian woman attends Mass on Christmas day in Lahore, December 25, 2012. | Reuters/Mohsin Raza

CLAAS-UK has asserted that the documents Hussain presented to prove Masih's marriage and alleged conversion to Islam are "clearly forged." Police have also sided with the influential Muslim and ordered Masih's father to return their daughter to her captor, Christian Today reported earlier this month.

The persecution charity said the police's response to the case can be attributed to the pressure they may be experiencing from Muslim clerics. CLAAS-UK also warned that the situation has now become very dangerous especially since Masih's family has already received death threats from Muslim leaders.

Since the Muslim clerics believe that Masih has already converted to Islam, reconverting back to Christianity would be apostasy. This act could mean a death sentence for the girl.

CLAAS-UK director Nasir Saeed blames the government for the rise of forced conversion and abduction of Christian girls in the country.

"Since the government has failed to investigate Muslim clerks who are suspected of being involved in forced conversion and the issuing false certificates of conversion and marriages, such crimes will continue happening and I see no end to innocent Christian and other minorities girls' misery," said Saeed in a statement. "Instead I am scared that it will worsen."

Meanwhile, Masih's father sought the help of Advocate Hafiz Ateeq ur Rehman, who is now representing the girl in the case. The defense counsel has already filed an application to the District Police officer Sialkot for an investigation into the situation.

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