Watch this heartbreaking video testimony of Samrah Bibi (aka Samrah Badal) who was raped multiple times by four Muslim men.
Here is the story of what happened–how we rescued the family and gained release for the innocent victims. We are also now pursuing justice against the rapists.
On June 25th, 2016 at around 10 AM a heartbreaking incident took place in Lahore, Pakistan. Four Muslim men barged into the home of Samrah Bibi, the wife of Saleem Masih. Samrah was raped multiple times by four local Muslims after incitement because of false charges against her brother Bahadur Masih for kidnapping and adultery. Here are the full details of the case:
Samrah spent the previous night with her husband and mother in the local police station where her older sister Shagufta was being held on false charges of aiding and abetting her brother Bahadur Masih in kidnapping a married woman named Sehar Wasif. Bahadur was a neighbor of Wasif, a victim of severe domestic violence. All Bahadur did was drive Wasif to her parents’ home for her safety. The Muslim husband of Sehar Wasif took revenge by falsely accusing Bahadur of adultery and kidnapping. Bahadur went into hiding after the issuance of the FIR (criminal complaint).
Unfortunately, the Pakistani media falsely reported that Bahadur and Sehar were lovers, further inflaming the situation. As a result, the Muslims of the local community started to intimidate the family of Behadur Masih and threatened to burn them alive. Ultimately, this led to the multiple rape of Samrah.
The husband of Sehar Wasif registered an FIR #-560/16 in the Shad Bagh police station in Lahore, in which one of the sisters of Bahadur Masih was also mentioned as a co-defendant for supposedly aiding and abetting her brother to kidnap Sehar Wasif.
The Lahore police arrested Shagufta Inayat (Bahadur’s sister) and they mistreated her, publicly humiliating her with disgusting insults. While she was in custody they did not use any female police officers, which is the law in Pakistan. The next morning, when Samrah Saleem (another sister of Bahadur) was alone in the house with her five children, four Muslim men barged in when she answered the door. One of the men kept the children in a different room while the other three raped Samrah multiple times.
According to our sources, the Chief Minister of Punjab and his son were protecting the rapists, one of whom was with the Chief Minister’s nephew.
Many NGOs who are supposed to help victims of persecution visited Samrah and her family, but only for photo ops in order to use the pictures to raise money for their organizations. None of them provided any aid or assistance to the persecuted family. As soon as we found out about the case, we immediately provided resources and took aggressive action to help the family gain justice and a safe haven.
We moved the family to a different location which will provide a safe shelter for the next few months. Our legal team also immediately sprang into action. We were able to secure the release of Shagufta Inayat and now she is out of jail. We found Sehar Wasif and brought her to the court to appear before the magistrate in Lahore, where she recorded her statement that Bahadur had not kidnapped her and the reason that she fled from her husband was because he was beating her on a daily basis. The magistrate immediately directed the police to dismiss the case against Bahadur and Shagufta Inayat.
This is Bahadur Masih. Now he only needs to hide from the extremists, but not from the police, as the case against him has been dismissed.
On June 30th, our team took Shagufta out of jail and moved her to the safe location where her family is staying.
Above is a photo of Shagufta Inayat, for whom we also gained release from jail. Next to her is her mother.
Our legal team is now seeking justice against the rapists who attacked Samrah Saleem in the brutal multiple rapes she endured. We will keep you posted on this case as it progresses.
In a few days we will also have the testimony of Shagufta Inayat, who has also told us about her false imprisonment and abuse in the police station.
Our teams on the ground in Pakistan are doing heroic work–and you, our readers and supporters, are providing the vital resources to make it happen.
We are now working on more cases which we will report to you soon. If you would like to partner with us, you now have a unique organization that actually saves your brethren from persecution and eases their burden.