girl, Maha, who was kidnapped from her home a few weeks ago has been recovered
and reunited with her family.
was kidnapped by her neighbour Muhammad Akmal and his mother. She is the
youngest of five siblings and has two brothers and two sisters. Her two
brothers work with their father at the brick kiln factory and her two sisters
work with their mother as domestic servants. As the youngest, she stays at
knew this and took advantage of the situation.
On 18 July when
Akmal knew that Maha was alone at home, along with his mother knocked on
her door and when she asked who was there, Akmal’s mother replied saying it was her neighbour and she had something to give the young girl, sent by your
As soon as she
opened the door, Akmal’s mother grabbed her and pushed her into a rickshaw
(three-wheeler vehicle) and went away.
Maha said in a
statement: “It was so sudden and I couldn’t understand what was going on. Akmal’s mother puts her hand on my mouth and threatened me, saying ‘don’t
shout otherwise we will kill your brothers’.
“I had failed
to understand the situation and I didn't know what to do, I feared for my
brothers because I love them so much.”
time they stopped the rickshaw at an unknown place and told me to get off.
“They took me
inside a house where a few people were already present. Akmal told me to put a
thumbprint on a few papers, and I didn’t know what they were.
“Later he told
me ‘I have married you and you are my wife’. He also said that ‘you are no
longer a Christian but a Muslim’.
“I didn't know
what to do, I was helpless and started crying because I missed my parents and
my brothers and sisters.
I was kept in a
room and I didn't even know the address of the house, because I mostly stayed
home and was never left alone. I was scared, crying and praying anytime I was alone
for my liberation, and yearning to go home.
Maha's father, said: “When I returned home and could not find Maha, we started
looking everywhere, and came to know that Akmal had kidnapped her. I informed
our contractor who promised to support me and we both visited the police
station in Manawa, Lahore.
filed a report against Akmal and assured me that if the girl was with Akmal's
family, then they would find her and bring her back.
“After a few
days, the police found my daughter and handed her back to me.
“But they did
not take any action against Akmal and now he is threatening me, saying that
Maha is Muslim and has married him, therefore she cannot stay with us.”
Asif added: “I
am poor and I want nothing other than justice, pray for me and for my family.”