A deaf girl was reportedly beaten by her Muslim family after telling them that she embraced Christianity.
The girl, named Saida, was hospitalized after her Muslim family members beat her when she told them that she believed in Jesus. They even threatened to kill her if she didn’t renounce her Christian beliefs and return to Islam, Christian Today reported.
Neighbors called the police upon hearing the girl’s screams, though authorities did little to help.
“When the police came, the police saw it was her family beating her and they said, ‘Well, this is a family issue, so we won’t get involved,'” DOOR International president Rob Myers said. DOOR International is an organization that offers help to deaf people and spreads a Christian message.
“The family then [realized] they kind of had immunity to continue to beat her, so they continued to do so to the point where she had to be brought to the hospital in intensive care,” Myers said.
Deaf religious people like Saida, Myers said, often have unique struggles with family.
“What’s different for deaf believers is many times parents are unaware of what’s going on in their child’s life. They may be meeting with people, they may even be signing with friends about Scripture, and their parents have no idea because most parents of deaf children don’t actually sign,” he added.
The story quickly went viral, with many expressing outrage towards the girl’s family for hurting her.
“The cops just walked away. What a bunch of bullshit. We need to start standing up to these muslim assholes or we are going to lose this country,” one reader commented on Facebook.
“Poor girl. So people keep on thinking muslim/islam is peaceful. If they did this to their o wn child for being a Christian imagine what they will do to others or just look at the news. Parents need t o go to jail and get the crap beat outta them daily,” another added.
Deaf Bible Society president J.R. Bucklew told the Christian Post that deaf people could be particularly vulnerable to persuasion from terrorist groups like ISIS given their condition.
“So, we have to provide them a resource that they can look at. It’s not my words. It’s not your words. It’s just God’s words, so that they can gauge and say what is true hope. Not only hope for today, but hope for eternity,” Bucklew said.