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Pakistani Christian teen escaped abductors and returned to her family

A Christian teen, who was kidnapped in late September has returned to her family.


On the 28th of September, five armed men, identified as Talha Maider, Bilawal Jaffar, Jaffar Shareef, Salman and Nomi, forcibly entered into the home of Maqsood Masih located in Village 248 of the Faisalabad district. According to Masih, the attackers were there to abduct his 16-year-old daughter named Shiza.

Members of the family attempted to protect Shiza but were beaten and abused by the assailants. Shiza was dragged into the street, forced into a vehicle, and taken to an unknown place where she was raped and abused for three days. According to Shiza, her abusers often called her ‘Chori’, a derogatory term used against Pakistani Christians.

Shiza’s abductors forcefully converted her to Islam and marrying her to one of the assailants. Shiza’s abductors used threats and physical violence to force Shiza to place her thumb impressions on both the marriage and conversion certificates.

After two months in captivity, on the 23rd of November, Shiza managed to escape and returned to her family. Shiza and her family have applied against the abductors and have moved to a safe location. However, the police have yet to arrest any of the men identified by Shiza.

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