With archive image of Maira Shahbaz (© Aid to the Church in Need )
A 14-year-old Christian girl has escaped from the man a High Court in Pakistan ruled to be her husband and has gone to the police to say that she was filmed while being raped by him.

Maira Shahbaz, her mother, Nighat, and three siblings are on the run from Mohamad Nakash after the Catholic girl from Madina Town, Punjab Province, fled his home in nearby Faisalabad where sources close to the family say she was forced into prostitution.

According to Maira, Mr Nakash has threatened to kill both her and her family.

The Catholic girl refuses to accept her forced conversion from Christianity, which she says she was tricked into doing by being pressured into signing blank papers. 

It comes nearly three weeks after Lahore High Court ruled in Mr Nakash’s favour in the case of the girl’s alleged abduction on 28th April, when it is claimed he and two armed accomplices kidnapped her in broad daylight close to her home.

The family has consistently contested Mr Nakash’s claims of marrying Maira, and in court Mr Tahir Sandhu produced an official birth certificate to show the girl was 13 at the time of the alleged ceremony last October.

The Muslim cleric named in the marriage certificate dismissed it as a fake and went to the police to complain.
“In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Lala Robin Daniel, a friend of Maira’s family, described life on the run, moving from place to place every few days, adding: “Maira is traumatised. She cannot speak. We want to take her to the doctor but we are afraid we might be spotted.”
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