Rebecca, a rape victim gone in hiding and now fears safety of her daughter


Pakistan: Rebecca, her husband Mark Joseph and their daughter sweated in fear again on March 3, 2007, on finding two bearded men on their door after being in hiding since 2004.

The intruders showed guns and entered in home and now threatened to harm Rebecca's six years old daughter if she tries to pursue her rape charges. In an application filed with Director General of Police Sindh by Rebecca's husband requests for police protection for his family. That unknown persons went in kitchen where Rebecca was cooking meal and brought her hands on head on gunpoint in living room and ordered all family to sit on floor submits it in request for safety of life. '"Now it is turn of your daughter if you will approach police" said one bearded man to Rebecca. " They were unknown people but were calling each other with names of Mohammad Ayaz and Mohammad Tariq" Mark told PCP correspondent. Rebecca was gang raped after kidnapping and forced to convert to Islam by culprits. The kidnappers threatened to file report against her under blasphemy laws if she tries to report her rape incident. Rebecca told PCP " She was given some pills in juice and lost her conscious and when opened her eyes found four persons in room who told her that she is hundred miles away from home and then they raped me" " I cried for help but there was no one to save me" Rebecca said She added, " After weeks of sexual attacks by these men, she was forced to accept Islam that her husband may not take any legal action against them" Rebecca is 36 years old and nurse by profession. She was so horrified after rape incident that she fears to go out of home. The rapists threats forced this family to go in hiding but in March 2007, they found this family again. Mark told PCP " Their daughter can not go to school because we fear her kidnapping as we are threatened after rape of her wife in 2004" " I am doing odd jobs and Rebecca is not working as we keep on changing our homes to hide from influential rapists who threat to kill my wife" Mark Joseph added 'If police fails to protect their family, they shall be on run again within weeks to find new home in new location for safety" Mark Joseph expressed.

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