Shah Taj, a fourteen-year-old Christian girl from Lahore, Pakistan, was on her way to school last year when a vehicle occupied by three men pulled up beside her. Grabbing her, they threw her in and sped off. As frightening as this may seem, the ordeal of the victim had just begun. In her own words, she described what happened: “I was standing at the bus stop waiting. Three Muslims named Talat, Mekael, and Faisal came up to me in a car. They were armed with deadly weapons. They pushed me into the car and took me to a hotel. While there, one of them, Mikael, raped me. Afterwards, at gunpoint they took my thumb impression and my signature, placing them on blank papers.” “I tried to make noise; but they pointed their guns at me and threatened to kill my father and my younger brother if I make a noise.” Later, Taj was forced to marry a Muslim man and required by law to convert to Islam. They had used her signature and thumbprint to create a document saying she had converted to Islam.

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