CLAAS is the Centre for Legal Assistance and Settlement, an organisation committed to fighting cases in the cause of Christians persecuted and imprisoned on the grounds of their faith, particularly those accused under blasphemy law. There is, however, other valuable work that CLAAS do; they provide sanctuary for girls and young women who have escaped their abductors.
Every year in Pakistan thousands of teenage girls are abducted and forced into marriage. Most come from the poorest of families and many are Christians, as Pakistani Christians are amongst the poorest and are restricted to the most menial “sanitary worker” type of job. With the marriage comes the forced conversion to Islam. Some do, however, manage to escape and are sheltered at “Apna Ghar” (literally “my home”) which offers them sanctuary in the heart of Lahore.
The girls are often in great danger and are likely to be killed if discovered.
In addition to supporting the shelter, the Epiphany Trust has provided, at the request of CLAAS, specialist training in counselling for the “Apna Ghar” staff. To maintain our commitment to these valuable initiatives, we do need your continued support. Please contact us for more information.