From Right Scoop: This is how horrible it is to be a Christian minority in a society that doesn’t even see you as equals, that would just as soon see you as dead because you aren’t Muslim:
CHRISTIAN POST – Muslim men who gangraped two teenage Pakistani Christian sisters at gunpoint last year have been acquitted of their charges by a Pakistani court after a key witness was bribed into changing his testimony.
During the middle of the night on Nov. 28, 2014, sisters Sherish and Farzana went outside of their home in the village of Jaranwala in the Punjab province to use the bathroom since their home did not have inside plumbing. The two girls did not return home that night and were found the next morning lying unconscious along the side of the road several miles from their home.
After the girls were taken to the hospital, they told police that a well-known Muslim landlord, Muhammad Shabaz, and other Muslim men had abducted them at gunpoint and raped them repeatedly throughout the night.
After the incident, the girls and their father were threatened against pursuing legal action against the perpetrators but pressed charges anyway. After the men were arrested, Muslims opposed to the family’s pressing of charges fired gunshots at the their house. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.
Although the family pressed charges, the family claimed that local police “obstructed attempts to gather medical evidence.”
Shabaz and fellow Muslim Muhammad Azeem were both charged with the crime and forced to stand trial. However, the girl’s father, Ilyas Masih, maintains that the men were cleared of their charges in October because a key prosecution witness changed his testimony in favor of the defendants after being threatened and accepting a bribe.
“The case has allegedly been lost due to the unreliability of a key witness who originally, in the face of threats, refused to attend the court, then when instructed to attend by the court changed his original statement,” a BPCA press release explains. “Mr. Ghafoor, who was previously a family friend, has been accused of taking a bribe and altering his statement in lieu of this payment.”
Masih said he plans to appeal the ruling to a higher court in order to receive justice for his daughters. Masih accuses the judge and police of religious bias and also partly blames the loss on prosecution attorney Sardar Mushtaq Gill.
These Christian girls will probably never see justice in Pakistan – at least until Jesus returns.