The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) reported on Oct. 10 that a 12-year-old Pakistani Christian girl, known as 'Anna' (real name withheld), was abducted and raped for eight months by two Muslim men on Dec. 24, 2010 in the Punjab region. Her father, Arif Masih, is employed as a scavenger in Lahore.

In the first week of September 2011, more than eight months after her disappearance, Anna called her family from Tandianwalla, district Faisalabad, 190 kilometres from Lahore, and told them that she had been abducted but had escaped and was hiding at a bus stop. The parents went there and recovered her.

The rapists have not been arrested because of their affiliation with a militant Muslim organization. The police are also refusing to order a medical examination.

One of the rapists claims that he married the girl but she denies that any marriage took place during her abduction and captivity. The police have warned the Christian parents that it would be better to hand over the girl to her 'legal' husband (the rapist), otherwise a criminal case will be filed against them.

The Christian family is in hiding from the rapists and the police. According to sources in the Christian community, the religious extremists, who are from the banned organization known as Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, are searching for them. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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