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Pakistan: bishop denounces rape of 9-year-old Catholic girl

Catholic World News - December 20, 2010

Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad has condemned the rape of a 9-year-old Catholic girl by a Muslim man.

“The incident is terrifying,” he said. “I met the victims and I expressed my regret to them. I believe we must consider a pastoral and legal strategy, in an effort to stem the phenomenon of the abuse of Christian girl.”

“Such incidents occur frequently,” a local source told the Fides news agency. “Christian girls are considered goods to be damaged at leisure. Abusing them is a right. According to the community's mentality it is not even a crime. Muslims regard them as spoils of war.”

While the man who raped the girl has been arrested, “the family is terrified because the village is mainly Muslim,” Fides reports.

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  • Posted by: wojo425627 - Dec. 21, 2010 8:13 AM ET USA

    People can continue to say that Islam is a religion of peace but when Muslim men are not charged for crimes when they're guilty is atrocious. I still read nothing in the news of large groups of Muslims protesting violent acts. They seem to approve of it. I remain unconvinced that Islam can become or remain peaceful. Everyday life just doesn't bear this out.

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