Washington, Apr. 18 ANI | 1 year ago

Rate of Christian girls abducted and attacked by extremists is on the rise in Egypt.

The young Christian women are even forced to convert to Islam since the Arab Spring ended in 2011.

According to a report by non-profit advocacy group International Christian Concern and other watchdog groups in the region, there have been 500 reported cases of young women being attacked by Muslim men since 2011, Fox News reports.

The ICC said that the girls are often assaulted, raped, kidnapped, forced to change their faith and sometimes killed.

Issac Six, a spokesman for the ICC, said that the government in Egypt was turning a blind eye to the grave issue.

The ICC report also suggests that more minor incidents are on the rise, such as young Christian women wearing crosses in public were violently ripped off their necks.

Experts added that the rise in the abuse against young Christian women is likely due to societal misogyny and Islamist indoctrination as well as the recent loss in government power by the Muslim Brotherhood, the report added.

(Posted on 18-04-2014)

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