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Muhammad Zahid and Khizr Ahmed Ali raped Farah Shaheen for five months

The Pakistani girl was locked up and tortured for five months, though the police did nothing.
Authorities have blasted the father of a young girl who was reportedly abducted, raped and forced to marry a middle-aged man.

A Pakistani girl's father, who was allegedly abducted, raped and forced to marry a middle-aged man who had been holding her in chains for five months, slammed the country's authorities for doing nothing to save her daughter.

Farah Shaheen was only 12 years old when a man who ran the business below her family's home in Faisalabad, Pakistan's third-most populated city, abducted her last June.

A 12-year-old Pakistani girl's father, who was allegedly abducted, raped, and forced to marry a middle-aged man, blasted his family's authorities. Picture: Help to the Required Church

Her brother, Afzaal Masih, told Asia News International that on June 25, he and his uncle, Kashif Masih, heard his sister crying and ran for help, but it was too late.

The pair saw Farah being dragged off into a car by Muhammad Zahid, the owner of the company, and another man, Khizr Ahmed Ali (Hayat).

When Asif Masih, Farah's father, asked the authorities for help, he said they had declined.

After being abducted, the family of Farah said she was forced to renounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam before she was "married" by Mr Ahmed, assumed to be in his early 40s.

In a statement to the Help to the Church in Need (ACN) Catholic charity, Mr. Masih said his daughter was chained up and made to work "as a slave" all day, injuring her hands and feet in the process.

Farah told me that she was being treated like a slave. He said she was forced to work all day, cleaning dirt in a cattle yard, adding that she was tied to a "24-7" chain.

"She was sexually assaulted by her abductor and raped by (his) landlords several times."

Mr. Masih said the police insisted that his daughter had gone happily with Mr. Zahid and Mr. Ahmed, adding a medical study commissioned by the courts to determine the legality of her marriage, saying Farah was between 16 and 17 years of age, not 12.

"As a family, we dismiss the findings of this medical report as a complete fabrication, a paradox of justice and an insult to the independence of the medical profession," Mr. Masih said.

"It is a blatant lie."

Last month, Farah, seriously wounded and traumatised, was eventually released and brought before a judge. Picture: Help to the Required Church

Last month, Farah, severely wounded and traumatized, was eventually released and brought before a court when the attention to the case forced the police to act.

The 13-year-old has now been put in a women's shelter, but she needs to be taken home by the family.

"For the good of her mental health, it is urgent that she return to us," Mr. Masih said.

"Psychological support is needed by Farah. She was already fragile, because five years ago she lost her mother, my wife.

"Farah has severe mental distress symptoms... She speaks in broken sentences and is seriously impaired in her powers of reason and decision-making."

London's Timesnewspaper notes that police are no longer investigating, saying Farah agreed to the marriage release. A parliamentary committee is investigating the matter now.


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