Pakistan: reports of forced conversions continue to increase
International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented seven cases of Pakistani Christian girls being forcibly converted to Islam in just the first six months of 2019. Unfortunately, reports of forced conversions continue to increase. In September alone, three Christian girls joined the confirmed list of victims.
According to a report published by persecution.org, a girl, Fazia was forcefully taken from school to an Islamic seminary on Spetember 4 and converted to Islam by the school’s principal.
The principal claimed, “The Christian girl has learned reading and writing the Arabic language, and therefore she is no more a Christian and must live the rest of her life as a Muslim.”
In a video posted to Facebook, Faiza’s mother claimed, “On that day, my two daughters went to school, but only one returned home. When we went to the school in search of Faiza, the principal revealed that Faiza had converted to Islam and therefore we had no right to meet her. It was heartbreaking for me.”
“Instead of returning our daughter, the principal asked all of us to convert to Islam,” Faiza’s mother continued. “She offered us a luxurious life and that she will bear the entire expenses of the family and we will have access to Faiza if we converted.”
“On that day, my two daughters went to school, but only one returned home… Instead of returning our daughter, the principal asked all of us to convert to Islam.”
Faiza’s mother claims that the police did not cooperate with her family and refused to register a case against the principal for kidnapping their daughter.
You can read more short interviews about abducted girls in Pakistan on Persecution.org.