Suffering of the Christians in Pakistan is an unending reality. One of the worst forms of religious persecution is abduction, forced-conversion, and marriage of underage Christian girls. Arzoo Raja is a 13-year-old Christian girl from Karachi, Pakistan. On the morning of 13th October, when her parents went to work, she was kidnapped by 44-year-old Muslim man named Syed Ali Azhar. The parents found out she was missing and informed the police. After a few days, police summoned Arzoo's parents and told them the abductor, Ali Azhar, who is already married and has children, produced a falsified certificate of marriage showing that he is married to Arzoo. He also stated that the girl has willingly converted to Islam. The family was in shock, and they explained that their daughter is underage, therefore her marriage is not possible, and in no way legal. Both parties went to court, and, surprisingly, the court ignored the evidence produced by the parents, the official birth certificate and school documents. The judge allowed Ali Azhar to take 13 y.o. Arzoo Raja with him. Along with the family of Arzoo, Christians in Pakistan are mourning. National media and political leadership are completely unconcerned. The Christian community has to continue ongoing protests to get the attention of authorities. The family needs financial resources to continue the legal battle. In this situation, we intend to initiate a financial support campaign to get justice for this 13-year-old Christian child. Funds will be solely used for legal procedure and to support the financial needs of the family.
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