Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Police in Pakistan beat Christian couple falsely accused of theft

A Christian couple is facing charges of theft after police in Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, severely beat the pregnant woman and her husband for three days when they refused to confess, reports Compass Direct News.

Salma Emmanuel, 30, and her husband, Emmanuel Rasheed, 39, said that they were inexplicably arrested after the Muslim woman who employed Salma as a maid had allowed the Christian woman to temporarily store some of her jewelry at her house.

Salma said police arrested them on November 5, keeping her at the Women's Police Station for interrogation and her husband at the City Police Station.

Upon reaching the police station, an inspector identified only as Nazia and two other policewomen started punching and kicking Salma and striking her with batons, demanding that she "confess her crime." Salma, who is five months pregnant, was taken to a hospital in critical condition on November 7, the life of her unborn child also threatened. The doctor on duty confirmed that her body bore marks of severe violence.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Aziz Afridi denied that police had tortured her, but after reports of the violence reached local media, the deputy inspector general of Haraza Division ordered an investigation.

At City Police Station, Emmanuel Rasheed was undergoing a similar ordeal. "The police beat me up mercilessly," he said. "A policeman offered to remove the theft charges against me if I was willing to renounce Christianity and convert to Islam. I told him that no matter what happens, I will not renounce my faith, nor would I confess the false charges made against us."

You can help by praying.
  • Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of this couple.
  • Pray they will both make a full and complete recovery.
  • Pray that Salma will safely deliver a healthy child.
  • Pray the investigation will be unbiased and the truth of this case will be brought to light.
  • Pray for all believers in Pakistan who are in danger of facing discrimination and severe opposition because of their faith.
For more on the persecuted Church in Pakistan, please visit our Pakistan Country Report.

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