A friend who is working with missions in Asia told me the other day about a Pakistani Christian girl, Samariya Nadeem, from Punjab in Pakistan, who was abducted by a Muslim landowner and forced to marry him after conversion to Islam. There is a petition directed to the Chief Minister of Punjab that asks him to free Samariya and make sure that freedom of religion and the freedom to marry volontarily is protected in Pakistan.
So far, police have failed to pursue any legal action against the local wealthy Muslim landowner who abducted the girl because of the influence he wields. Police investigators were also unable to talk to the bruised and terrified victim. Anonymous police sources confirmed that the girl was “abducted” and forced to marry. However, an Islamic cleric involved in the affair said that it was “not illegal to abduct and convert non-Muslims”.
Civil society groups and human rights activists have appealed to Punjab’s chief minister to take action and return Samariya to her parents and bring her abductor to justice. Kidnappings and forced marriages are a major issue in Pakistan, especially in Southern Punjab and in the interior of Sindh province. It is common in the region that young, religious minority, women and girls are forcefully converted and married away to influential landlords who keep them as slaves.
Please take action to save Samariya! Sign this petition, spread it and also write an inbox message to Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, chief Minister of Punjab, on his facebookpage. Always be polite in your writing!
You might also write to the Pakistani National Assembly: email@example.com as well as to the Pakistani embassy of your country. Here’s a letter you might use:
“As a fellow human being, I request that you secure the liberation of Samariya Nadeem, a 16 year old Christian Pakistani girl who has been kidnapped and forced into marriage and conversion to Islam. I request that the Pakistani government takes action to rescue Samariya, and to arrest & prosecute her abductors.
Furthermore I request that the Pakistani government protect the human rights of religious minorities, and act to terminate the kidnappings and forced marriage- conversions of religious minority girls.”
Sign with your name, and country