Attack on Christians goes on unabated in Pakistan

A distressing incident in Sargodha has sent shockwaves through the local community, shedding light on the vulnerabilities faced by christian,s  in Pakistan. On January 27, 2024, at approximately 2:30 pm, two Christian women, Rukhsana Nasir and Asifa Bilal, became victims of a brutal assault and attempted rape in the sugarcane fields of Chak no 122(South), District Sargodha.

The heartbreaking incident unfolded as Rukhsana and Asifa, compelled by the unavailability of basic sanitation facilities in their village, resorted to using the open fields – a practice unfortunately common among villagers. In this vulnerable setting, Abdul Raouf Arian, 42, armed with an axe, launched a violent assault on Rukhsana. As Asifa rushed to her aid, she too found herself overpowered by Arian, who callously proceeded to attack both women.

This appalling act has ignited a sense of outrage within the local community, prompting urgent calls for justice and heightened protection of minority rights. The incident underscores the dire need for improved safety measures for vulnerable populations, as well as addressing the critical issue of insufficient sanitation facilities in certain areas.

Nasir Masih, Rukhsana’s husband and a gardener at Pakistan Army Depot, vividly described the horrific scene that unfolded as they rushed to the aid of their wives. Rukhsana lay unconscious, her clothes stained with blood, revealing the severity of the attack. Nasir expressed grave concerns about Arian’s past inappropriate behavior towards their family, heightening suspicions about the motive behind this brutal assault.

Community leaders, advocacy groups, and concerned citizens are uniting to demand swift and decisive action from local authorities. The incident emphasizes the urgent necessity for a transparent investigation into the assault, ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice. Additionally, this tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the pressing need to address the challenges faced by minority groups, promoting a society where all citizens can live without fear, irrespective of their religious beliefs. The community stands united in grief and determination to seek justice for Rukhsana Nasir and Asifa Bilal, and to work towards creating an environment where every individual, regardless of their background, can feel safe and protected.

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