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Pakistan: rape an ‘instrument of power’ over Christian girls, says attorney

Catholic World News - August 22, 2014

Following the rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl in Lahore, an attorney said that in Pakistan “rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families.”

The girl, who worked as a maid in a Muslim home, was kidnapped by two Muslim men and three women while returning home from work and was then repeatedly assaulted by the men.

“It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims,” Sardar Mushtaq Gill, who heads LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development), told the Fides agency. “The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities, who are the most vulnerable. Rarely are rapists punished.”

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