In an outrageous ruling, the abduction and forced marriage of a Christian child to her Muslim kidnapper has been legally protected by a high court in Punjab province of Pakistan.
The Telegraph reported that Lahore High Court ruled on Tuesday that 14-year old Maira Shahbaz had “willingly converted to Islam and married Mohamad Nakash.” Maira’s family had filed the report of abduction against Nakash for abducting her at gun point in April, then forcing her into marriage despite her being a minor.
The story says that the ruling of the Lahore High Court has sparked outrage.
Just days ago, another court ruling had placed Maira in a shelter for women until the high court’s ruling and the family was hoping for justice. But what happened in the high court has added insult to injury of the victim and her family as justice was thrown down the drain by the court.
The fact that the young girl, abducted by an adult and already married man, is only 14 alone is enough to let the authorities what’s been going on. By Pakistani marriage law, the minimum legal age for a girl to be eligible is 16. Yet, the court sided with the culprit despite records of age and victim’s testimony.
Yet something worse happened that helped the rapist and enabled him to force the minor Christian girl in sexual slavery: the defeating silence of both domestic and international media outlets. Aside from a handful of Christian rights sources, media both in and outside Pakistan have been dead quiet on this outrageous crime. No CNN, NYT, Washington Post, ABC, Huff Post or other leftist media mobs that pretend to advocate civil rights and social justice have bothered to take up Maira’s story. In Pakistani media also, there seems an all-round blackout on the story.