Christian Raped After Refusing to Convert to Islam


ISTANBUL, September 27 (Compass) ­ A Pakistani woman has charged three men with raping her earlier this month and threatening to kill her if she did not convert from Christianity to Islam. Ribqa Masih, 22, testified at last Thursday¹s court hearing that Ghulam Abbas and Mohammad Kashif drugged and kidnapped her on September 2. Masih had made the 10-mile trip from her home town of Chak to the city of Faisal Abad with a Muslim female friend who, unbeknownst to Masih, had arranged to meet Abbas and Kashif at the bus stop in Faisal Abad. The two men offered Masih a drink of water that caused her to lose consciousness, and they allegedly raped her throughout the night. They also allegedly threatened to shoot her and kill the rest of her family if she did not repeat the Islamic creed, which, if done in the presence of two Muslims, is considered a valid form of conversion to Islam. Masih refused, saying that she would rather die than change her religion. The next morning, she said, her
kidnappers handed her over to another Muslim whom they said would return her home, but he raped her over the next three days.

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