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Forever Scarred by Persecution – Victim of Forced Conversion in Pakistan Shares Her Testimony


“I do not remember the exact date, but it was almost [the] middle of June, the hottest month of 2015, when my misery started,” Komal*, a Christin teenager in Pakistan, told International Christian Concern (ICC) with tears in her eyes. Last year, Komal became one of the hundreds of Christian girls in Pakistan that are abducted, raped, and forcibly converted to Islam.

According to many Christian leaders, forced conversion to Islam is second only to false blasphemy accusations in issues affecting Pakistan’s vulnerable Christian community. According to a study by the Movement for Solidary and Peace in Pakistan published in 2014, as many as 700 Christian women and girls, often between the ages of 12 and 25, are victimized this way each year.

Unfortunately, Komal was among the Christian victims affected by this issue last year. Similar to reports from other Christian victims, Komal was abducted by a group of Muslim men, beaten, raped numerous times throughout her six months of captivity, forcibly married to one of her rapists, forcibly converted to Islam, and forced into prostitution by her Muslim “husband.”

Recently, through a daring escape, Komal was able to return home to her parents and share her testimony about the persecution she faced.

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