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PAKISTAN - Violence against minorities: the case of three Christian women stripped naked and humiliated shakes the nation 04/07/2013
Lahore - An episode of violence against Christians has become a "political case" in Pakistan. Three Christian women were beaten, stripped naked and humiliated publicly in a village near Pattoki, in the district of Kasur in Punjab province. As reported to Fides, the act was a revenge on behalf of Muhammad Munir, the son of a Muslim landowner. They wanted to punish a few Christians farming families because their herds had trespassed in another persons land. After a month - the incident took place on June 3 - the case is creating a huge uproar among the public opinion of Pakistan, between Christians and Muslims, generating criticism towards the government of the "Pakistan Muslim League-N" , the governing party both in the province of Punjab and at a national level. In fact, Munir, the man who abused women, is the son of Abdul Rasheed, a well-known supporter of the PML-N. In addition, the parliamentary Rana Ishaq, a member of the National Assembly in the ranks of the PML-N, is publicly defending and helping Abdul Rasheed and his son.
Fides sources in Punjab note that "the victims have filed a complaint against the culprits, but no one has been arrested as they are very influential". In addition, Abdul Rasheed has also registered a "First Information Report" against Christians, as a form of pressure on the family, to induce them to withdraw the complaint.In a statement sent to Fides, "the Asian Human Rights Commission" , an organization for the defense of human rights, condemns the incident and calls on civil and judicial authorities to take action concerning this "inhuman case ".
Tahira Abdullah, a Muslim, a well-known activist, committed to the defense of religious minorities, explains to Fides: "It is a very serious episode. For our culture and tradition, it is the worst thing one can do to a woman. I myself would prefer to be killed rather than suffer such a humiliation".The case of the three women is in the hands of the Christian lawyer Mushtaq Gill, director of organization "LEAD" , who has offered legal assistance to the victims. Gill has informed Fides of having received intimidation and death threats from militants: on 23 June three armed men stopped and threatened him.
Joseph Francis, a Pakistani Christian, founder of the NGO "CLAAS" told Fides: "It is very difficult for Christian families to obtain justice because they are poor and they are Christians."