A Christian Pakistani woman was beaten, raped, and forced to convert to Islam by her Muslim employer.
Christian Today reports that Fouzia Sadiq, 31, is a divorcee and mother of three. She was working as a cleaner to support her family when the Muslim man who employed her, Muhammed Nazir Amjad, began making unwanted sexual advances toward her.
When Fouzia brought this issue up with Amjad’s daughters, her complaint was ignored and she was reportedly beaten. A few days later, she was brought to Amjad’s home where he raped her and forced her to convert to Islam so he could marry her.
Fouzia recalled her horrific ordeal: “I felt dirty and unclean all the time the monster made me do things I am so ashamed of. But I had no choice. It made me angry that God was blaming me.
I reached my lowest point and tried to commit suicide by taking some pills,” she continued. “I was rushed to the hospital and the monster used the opportunity to remove my ovaries, so I would not have any more children.”
Fouzia was able to escape her captor with the help of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), which works to help Pakistani Christians who face persecution.
However, Fouzia’s ordeal was not over. Her family returned her to Amjad’s control after receiving intense pressure. The BPCA again helped her escape, but she is currently living in Pakistan as a fugitive because her request to leave the country was denied.
The BPCA has launched a petition to help end forced marriages and the kind of human rights abuses that Fouzia suffered.
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Publication date: March 2, 2017