Mob attacks Pakistani Christian in hospital over blasphemy claim

Christians call for action to stop misuse of controversial laws as victim goes into hiding

Tabitha Nazir Gill was slapped and stripped for alleged blasphemy at the Pakistani hospital where she had worked for nine years.

Videos showing the assault on the 30-year-old Christian nurse at Sobhraj Maternity Hospital in Karachi spread on social media on Jan. 28, moments after she was accused of insulting all prophets including Prophet Muhammad, Prophet Abraham and Prophet Adam.

“She urged others to say ‘Jesus’ to solve their problems. Don’t speak the name. She commits blasphemy. We shall bury her. We will sacrifice our generations for the dignity of the prophets,” shouted Muslim nurse Nasreen while beating Gill.

“Close the gate. Don’t let her escape. Beat her. Why did you speak of our religion? Rub your nose on the ground. Repent from Allah,” shouted others.

Gill was dragged from the third to the first floor of the hospital where visiting burqa-clad women also attacked her, some with brooms.

“I didn’t do anything like this. I am a Christian. We don’t swear but still I swear by Jesus and the Bible. This is their plan. Let me call my husband,” pleaded Gill amid the mob. She was tied up with ropes, forced to submit an apology and locked in a room before the police were called.

The investigating officer initially cleared Gill of blasphemy charges citing a “misunderstanding between colleagues” and allowed her to leave the police station. However, the same afternoon, police registered a blasphemy case against the gospel singer under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code that mandates the death penalty for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

In the first information report, midwifery student Saba accused Gill of stating that Prophet Ishmael was born of adultery.

“She stated that Ishmael stomped the Zamzam holy water we drink. Adam committed adultery with Eve. She twisted the name of Muhammad, adding that Muhammad Wuhammad is nothing. Nobody came after Jesus,” stated Saba.

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in deeply conservative Pakistan where mere allegations have led to extrajudicial killings and mob violence.

Catholic groups and human rights campaigners have long sought the repeal of draconian blasphemy laws, arguing they are used to victimize religious minorities or settle personal scores

According to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) UK, a Christian charity dedicated to helping persecuted Christians in Pakistan, nearly 60 people including nine Christians and 47 Muslims (40 from the Shia community) were charged with blasphemy last year.

At least three innocent people were killed — one Christian, one Ahmadi and one Muslim.

Church reaction

Father Abid Habib, former president of the Major Superiors Leadership Conference of Pakistan, described the attackers at Sobhraj Maternity Hospital as ignorant. 

“They are jealous of this person and are now using the umbrella of the blasphemy law. I dare say that she has neither blasphemed the Prophet nor the Holy Quran,” he said.

“I have said this a thousand times. If Allah Almighty has said that blasphemers must be killed, then I can say that Almighty Allah is not Rahman-e-Rahim [benevolent and merciful]. If his Prophet has commanded to kill blasphemers, then he can never be called Rahmat-e-Alamin [mercy to the world].

“There is no use in pleading to the Sindh government, politicians and all the VIPs. They never did anything before and they will do nothing even now. They are afraid of these ignorant people and might face the same death as [slain Punjab governor] Salman Taseer. They don’t have any guts.”

Taseer was assassinated in 2011 for supporting Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman acquitted of blasphemy in 2018 after spending eight years on death row, and demanding reforms to the controversial blasphemy laws.       

Lahore-based Pastor Irfan James also called for action against the mob who attacked Gill. 

“Many people are asking to remove the videos, but is there any action against jihadi women who accused her of a serious allegation and tortured her? How long will we tolerate this? Where is the law? RIP interfaith harmony in Pakistan,” he said.

Nasir Saeed, director of CLAAS-UK, said the Christian nurse has gone into hiding.

“Police have a basic and important role to determine whether blasphemy has been committed or if the accusations are fabricated just to settle personal scores,” he said.

“It is the need of the times to look into this matter and stop the growing misuse of the blasphemy law against innocent people. The wording of the blasphemy law is so broad and vague that it has allowed a wide range of acts and its continuous misuse.”

Kamran Chowdhury, Lahore

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The Christian girl, Farah Shaheen, and her family have no recourse, as police in Pakistan are sympathetic to the perpetrator rather than the victim when the perp is a Muslim and the victim is a Christian. And the world yawns, because this story doesn’t fit the dominant narrative.

“Pakistan police drop investigation into Muslim man who ‘kidnapped Christian girl, 12, raped her and chained her up for five months’ because she ‘willingly married him,’” by Sophie Tanno and Jack Newman, Mailonline, January 20, 2021:

Pakistan police have dropped an investigation into three Muslim men accused of kidnapping a Christian girl, 12, before abusing her and chaining her up for five months.

Farah Shaheen, now age 13, was abducted from Faisalabad on June 25 and spent over five months in the yard of Muslim man Khizar Hayat, 45, who allegedly raped her.

Police rescued the youngster in Faisalabad on December 5 and found cuts from the shackles on her ankles from where she had been bound and forced to work in the man’s yard all day clearing animal dung.

Authorities dropped the charges against the man after the girl testified she willingly married her abductor.

But her family accuse police of fabricating evidence, ignoring their case, and racially abusing them during the investigation.

Investigators said they had dropped the charges against Hayat after Farah testified that she had agreed to marry him and convert to Islam, according to a report in The Times.

‘Ms Shaheen confessed before a magistrate…that she married…of her own will and wants to live with him,’ investigating officer Musaddiq Riaz told the publication., adding that a police report suggested the girl was aged 16 or 17.

Farah’s birth certificate confirmed her age last June as 12, The Times reported.

The case has been taken up by Christian charities who claim a number of girls are being abducted and forced into marriage in Pakistan.

The girl’s father has dismissed the police report as a fabrication, and claimed that officers ignored his report of Farah’s abduction for months.

He has appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan for help.

Human rights groups say an estimated 1,000 Christian and Hindu girls are kidnapped each year and forced to convert to Islam.

Aid to the Church in Need said the girl’s family made repeated complaints to the police but they were ignored for months.

Her father said: ‘[She] has told me she was treated like a slave. She was forced to work all day, cleaning filth in a cattle yard. 24-7, she was attached to a chain.’

The family say the girl was abducted on June 12 last year and she was raped multiple times.

Despite making multiple complaints to the police, the father was not able to file an official report until September.

He said police even made racial comments about him and threatened to charge him with blasphemy….

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