Maryam Mushtaq, a young Christian woman has been snatched off the street by two masked men and forced to marry a Muslim man - but investigators are refusing to make the alleged captors set her free, it has been claimed. According to Mirror Online, Maryam, 24, was walking home from college with her younger brother in Lahore, Pakistan, when she was abducted by two masked Muslim men. She was bundled into the back of a white van while her 11-year-old brother Romail Mushtaq watched on in horror at 1.30pm last Thursday.
Two motorcyclists who witnessed the adduction tailed the vehicle but sadly the kidnappers escaped. Her devastated mother Mussarat, 53, reported her kidnapping to the police. But just two days later, police told Mussarat her daughter had not been abducted; rather, she had married her alleged Muslim kidnapper.
When cops quizzed her alleged kidnapper over the adduction, he showed them the certificate of his marriage to Maryam, whose religion was now stated as Islam. Mussarat said: "Maryam like the rest of us attends church every week there is no way she would give up her whole life and salvation to marry a Muslim man. Jesus has always been the centre of her life.
"Three years ago my husband died of cancer, two years ago Maryam's sister died. Now kidnappers have taken away my daughter, I am devastated. "Maryam had a good relationship with her brother Romail and remaining sister Khusboo, 23, they would know if she had been interested in this man. None of them have ever even seen him before."
Maryam had returned to education a few months earlier to train to be a teacher in order to help her family climb out of poverty. But her hopes of freedom are slim, however, as it is likely the justice system in Pakistan will not permit her release, Christian Today reports.
Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the BPCA, said the case highlights the "flawed and failing rule of law" in the country. He said: "Yet again an innocent Christian girl has been kidnapped and forced into Islamic marriage. We do not know the depravity or the brutality she has had to face but her entrapment will have a sordid edge to it no doubt.
"Police have responded relatively quickly, but had to in circumstances of a traumatic daylight abduction that was witnessed by many. "The abductors are known and yet the girl still has not been returned to the family and it is feared that corrupt police could collude with the kidnappers if bribed significantly.
"A justice system that does not permit the release of an abductee to her family is indicative of a flawed and failing rule of law. May God grant this poor woman freedom and a chance to fulfil her ambition of becoming a teacher, where she might be able to teach love and hope where so much cruelty exists."