06/06/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to the Pakistan Christian Post, a Christian mother of five was abducted on April 1st, 2021, and spent 20 days in captivity while being repeatedly raped, drugged and beaten.
“According to her husband, Warris Masih, Venus Bibi went out for household shopping,” wrote the Post, “On her way back home some Muslim men blocked her way and told her accompany them and not make a noise.”
“Before she had time to process what they were saying, they grabbed her by the hand and dragged her to a car parked nearby.”
Warris reported that his wife’s abductor was Muhamad Akbar, a man who was said to have kidnapped a Christian female previously but escaped punishment due to his wealth and influence.
After his wife’s abduction, Warris made several attempts to get policemen to demand her release. Finally, police forced Akbar to release Bibi and she was later found, unable to walk, on a roadside near her village of Sahoo Ki Malian.
Crying, Warris said: “We are poor and Christian therefore the police are not taking any action against the abductor, and because he has heavily bribed the police.
“But I want justice for my wife. I want all the kidnappers arrested and punished for their crimes so they can stop kidnapping more Christian women.”
Pakistan is the 5th most dangerous country in the world to be a believer, according to Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors. With the second-largest Muslim population in the world, Christians in Pakistan are seen as second-class citizens and are provided little protection by their government. As a result, Christian girls and women are often kidnapped, tortured, and killed without consequence for their perpetrators.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan and for the lord to strengthen the church amidst persecution. Please also pray for Venus Bibi and the millions like her who have survived such attacks, that the lord will heal her of her trauma and provide comfort and love to her and her family.