Justice is being sought by the family of a Christian woman in Pakistan murdered by a man who was allegedly enraged that she had refused to convert to Islam and marry him.
Sonia Bibi, 24, was reportedly shot dead at the Fazaia Colony bus stop in Rawalpindi, close to the capital, Islamabad.
Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the incident in which Miss Bibi was shot multiple times in the head
The incident comes amid growing concerns about the safety of Christian and Hindu girls in Pakistan, such as Maira Shahbaz, who has received death threats after escaping from a Muslim man who forced her to marry him and convert to Islam.
Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of ACN (UK), which is calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give asylum to Maira Shahbaz, expressed shock at the killing.
“Sonia’s killing demonstrates the mortal danger girls and young women – especially those from Christian and other minority backgrounds – face in situations where they are under pressure to marry and abandon their faith.
“It is urgent that action is taken to ensure the safety of these young people”.
Lahore-based human rights activist Sajid Christopher, from the Human Friends Organisation in Pakistan, told ACN:
“The killing of Sonia Bibi is a terrible and horrific act. She was killed for declining the offer to convert and marry. I strongly condemn this act.”.