Pakistani Christian Says Daughter, 12, Abducted, Forced to Convert to Islam and Marry

(World Watch Monitor) A 12-year-old Pakistani Christian girl, who disappeared in November, was abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abductor, according to her father.

Elisha, daughter of Iqbal Masih, appeared in the High Court in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, on Thursday 8 February, where she introduced herself by a new Muslim name but told the judge, Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui she had embraced Islam “for the purpose of marriage only,” a local newspaper reported.

Her father has brought charges against a Muslim man named Qadeer Ismail, who was recorded as aged 20 on the marriage certificate but who Iqbal Masih says is older. Elisha was recorded as 18 on the marriage certificate, but her father showed the police a copy of her birth certificate, which shows that she will not turn 13 until May.

In Pakistan men must be 18 to marry, and girls 16. Formalizing a marriage between persons younger than this can result in a fine equivalent to roughly 500 US dollars.

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  • Lydia Church

    Okay, I must digress into the semantical issue here.
    You literally can’t ‘force’ anyone to convert to anything without their consent.
    Yes, I get it, they get persecuted in all sorts of ways and even killed.
    But that still does not mean they are able to force anyone to convert.
    Rather, that is how we got all the previous Christian martyrs throughout church history.
    No one could force them either, and they underwent all manner of torture, I studied that.
    Let’s use the right language and give honor that is due to these martyrs.

    Another thing, you can’t just deny your faith as a way out.
    Jesus Himself said that in Matthew 10; 32-33.
    This is persecution of Christians, that is why they are being persecuted.
    Sure, it will all disappear the second they renounce their faith, because that is all the devil is trying to get them to do because he knows that this is what matters, what you confess in public about Jesus, and that is because Jesus said so in His Word. But once you renounce your faith, you are not Christian anymore so that is not a way out of persecution, that is a way out of Christianity. So you cannot renounce Christianity as a valid way to escape persecution. Yes, they are not easy choices, no one ever said they were. It’s called discipleship, and we find out how to navigate it by reading the Bible. The Lord called us to discipleship and reading the Word, not hammock ‘Christianity.’

    • Ganesha_akbar

      Kindly don’t be so self-righteous.

      Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
      1 Cor 10:12-13

    • DonRL

      Peter denied Jesus but was still an Apostle and preached the first sermon about Jesus after Jesus’ resurrection.
      Denying ones faith in Jesus to save ones life is exactly what Peter did.
      Denying ones. faith does not result in losing ones’ salvation. Salvation is eternal. It cannot be lost or taken away. What don’t you understand about eternal??