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In Pakistan, violent attacks by extremist Islamist mobs on religious minorities are frequent, according to Human Rights Watch.
The country also has some of the most draconian blasphemy laws in the world, and “defiling the Prophet Muhammad” carries a death sentence. Damaging the Qur’an is punishable by life imprisonment.
Legal complaints from religious minorities such as Christians are often ignored.
The woman reportedly screamed for mercy, but no one came to her aid.
The family of the woman is using the services of Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, who runs an advocacy group offering free legal assistance to religious minorities who are victims of abuse and religious persecution.
One suspect has been arrested, but the other two reportedly escaped.
Gill stated about the case: “It’s very difficult to get a punishment for those responsible. Often in these cases the police take no action or, worse, side with the rapists.”
He also spoke about the tough environment in Pakistan for Christians and other religious minorities:
Christian families or witnesses are pressured to withdraw complaints. Violence against women and children of religious minorities, the weak and vulnerable, is widespread in Pakistan and is often carried out in silence. The cases and the stories do not come to light and when victims talk about it they are intimidated.
Pakistan is ranked as the #8 country worldwide for persecution of Christians, according to the Open Doors organization.
About Pakistan, Open Doors writes: “Women and girls are experiencing violence every day; especially those from minority groups who are vulnerable and easy targets for rape, sexual abuse and kidnapping.”