The Christian community in Pakistan is shocked at increasing violence and abuse targeted at young Christian girls.

Two Christian girls were  abducted, raped and murdered by a group of Muslims. A 13 year old became pregnant after being raped by a young Muslim.

Violent abuse  is “part of daily life” in Pakistan and growing in number against Christian and Hindu girls, said Fides, a Vatican missionary agency. Christians are targeted because they are considered on a lower social level, and often abductions of young girls involve intent to force marriage and religious conversion or to trap them into prostitution rings.

The latest tragic abuse is part of a larger phenomenon of violence against women in Pakistan, which often meets with indifference and impunity, Fides said.

There were 1,198 kidnappings, 352 rapes and 1,052 murders of women in 2009 alone.