A Christian girl has gone into hiding in Pakistan to escape Muslim in-laws who beat and raped her for fleeing her forced marriage and refusing to practice Islam. Asya Khadim, 15, won a divorce from her abusive Muslim husband in February and sought shelter with a local aid organization to avoid reprisal attacks. Khadim had been married to Tanveer Qadir for almost 13 months when her mother filed the divorce case on her behalf in January 2006. "They tried to force me to read the Koran," the Christian girl told Compass.
"My husband beat me every
day for two months because I refused." Khadim's case highlights ongoing national
debate over the controversial Hudood Ordinances that some say encourage domestic
violence against women. Under this law, a woman who has been raped must produce
four Muslim male witnesses to prove the allegations. According to the Peace
Council of Pakistan, at least 50 percent of women who report rape are jailed and
accused of adultery.
Pray God will comfort Asya Khadim and keep her safe. Pray our omnipotent Father will put a stop to the Hudood Ordinances. Pray our God of love will remove Muslim authorities' hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh.