News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

ACN Pakistan pic onebanner.jpg
ACN Pakistan pic one.jpg
World News

Catholic teenager describes horrific conversion ordeal in Pakistan

by Donna Birrell

A Catholic girl in Pakistan, who was raped and forced to convert to Islam by her kidnapper, has spoken out about her harrowing ordeal.

14 year old Kinza Sindhu was abducted from her home in Lahore by five men on 19th September 2022.

Speaking through an interpreter, Miss Sindu told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about her abduction :

“My parents, who are both cooks, were away at work. My elder sister was in the kitchen when I heard a knock on the front door at around 12pm.

“When I opened the door, the armed men pulled me out and pushed me inside a van. I recognised two of them, but the rest were unknown.

“One of them made me take a sedative and I slipped into unconsciousness. Later one of the young guys I knew raped me at gunpoint, at an unknown location.”

Miss Sindu was put under pressure to convert to Islam and marry her rapist – but she refused to co-operate.

Relating her terrifying experiences in her native language Urdu, she said: “The next day the guy who raped me brought a bearded man to register the nikah [Muslim marriage].

“I told them I am a Christian and refused to repeat the Arabic verses. They told me to just listen quietly.

“They made me sign a white paper and took my fingerprints. They also made videos of the ceremony on a phone.”

She told ACN that she survived by praying silently throughout her ordeal.

Her family were able to obtain legal aid and pursued a case in the Lahore courts to get their daughter back.

On 22nd October 2022 she was finally able to return home, but she and her parents fear they are not out of danger.

Miss Sindu told ACN: “I am worried for my family who are still receiving threatening calls from unknown numbers.

“The callers are urging them to return me to them or face a beating after being stripped naked.

“They are planning to move to another neighbourhood. I worry about them.”

But Miss Sindu is thankful that she has escaped her captivity.

She said: “Now I am back home. I feel I am closer to God. I had lost all hope. It was God who sent help in the shape of lawyers who fought the case and brought me back.”

The Movement for Solidarity and Peace calculated that up to 1,000 young female Christians and Hindus, aged 12-25, are abducted and forced to convert to Islam every year.

In 2021 ACN launched an initiative with Pakistan’s national Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace to protect minority girls through consultations with politicians at both state and national level, community awareness about the problem and providing legal help for victims.


Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email