A Christian girl in Pakistan was burnt alive after refusing to marry a Muslim man and convert to Islam.
Asma Masih, 25, died in hospital on Sunday after turning down repeated proposals from a local Muslim man, according to a local media.
Her father, Yaqoob Masih, said Asma had gone to answer the door while
working as a domestic help in Sialkot, north-eastern Pakistan, when she
was attacked. Yaqoob, who was visiting the house she was working at,
claimed he saw 'Rizwan Gujjar fleeing from the scene while Asma was
engulfed in flames'.
The local media reported that sub-inspector
Muhammad Riaz of the Civil Lines police said Guijar had confessed to the
attack and been arrested.
'We have prepared the charge-sheet and sent him to jail,' he said.
Saeed, director of CLAAS-UK, a Christian persecution charity working in
Pakistan, said that Christian girls are looked upon as inferior and as a
He told reporters that while some laws
are in place, such as the Protection Against Harassment of Women at
Workplace (Amendment) Act 2010 and the Protection of Women Against
Violence Bill 2015, they are difficult to enforce.
Women remain in danger and Pakistan is considered the third most dangerous country in the world for women and children, he said.
are often harassed and intimidated at their workplace. They are often
asked to convert to Islam and to marry Muslim colleagues,' he stated.
'If they refuse they have to face dire consequences –
sometimes they are kidnaped and forcibly converted to Islam, and
sometimes they are attacked with acid. Such cases are becoming everyday
matters and the police hardly make any advances, especially if the
victim is Christian.'