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