Pakistan: Christian Woman Beaten in Public for Arguing with Muslim

October 23, 2020

Persecution of Christians in Pakistan: what happened to Balqees Bibi is emblematic of the precarious daily life and ongoing mistreatment of Christians and other religious minorities all over the country. This is an issue of immense importance that receives virtually no attention from the UN or international human rights organizations.

Pakistan’s small and courageous Orthodox Christian community is as vulnerable to this persecution as are the rest of Pakistan’s Christians. Please continue to pray that the Christian community in Pakistan will be able to endure this martyrdom and experience a resurrection, and that relief will come to this courageous and long-suffering Christian community.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here.

“Christian Woman in Pakistan Beaten in Public for Arguing with Muslim,” International Christian Concern, October 21, 2020:

10/21/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to local reports, a Christian woman was beaten in public by a Muslim man in Sangla Hill, located in Pakistan’s Punjab province, in an incident of religious hatred. The Christian victim filed a police report against her attacker, but no arrest has been made to date.

On October 12, Balqees Bibi, a Christian woman from the Ward 3 neighborhood of Sangla Hill, stood in the street and called out to a relative using his Christian name. According to Bibi’s son, Khuram, this used of a Christian name annoyed a local Muslim man named Muhammad Abass Butt.

Abbas was full of religious hatred against my mother,” Khuram told International Christian Concern (ICC). “He often expressed his anger against Christians in the street, but everyone ignored him to avoid disputes.

On October 12, Abass was annoyed hearing Bibi call out a Christian name and decided to confront her.

Abbas started abusing my mother saying ‘Oh choori! Shut your mouth!’,” Khuram reported. “When she argued with him, he slapped her and dragged her into the street.”…

As Abbas beat Bibi, he also used an extremely derogatory slur for Christians which labels them as untouchables.

After the attack, Bibi and her family registered a police complaint against Abbas (FIR # 372/20). However, there [sic] police have yet to arrest Abbas or his son who reportedly joined his father in beating Bibi.