The mysterious disappearances of Coptic Christian women, and their subsequent reappearance as converts to Islam — accompanied by official indifference at best — is an ongoing human rights scandal that we have noted here before. From Compass Direct:
Three months after his 20-year-old daughter disappeared while on an errand from work, Coptic Christian Rezk Shafik Attallah remains convinced that she has been kidnapped by a former police constable.
Attallah said his daughter, Marianna Rezk Shafik Attallah, left work May 30 at the Al-Ra”ay medical laboratory in El-Fayoum, 60 miles south of Cairo, to pick up a patient’s blood sample from a residential address. Neither her family nor her fiancÃ© have heard from her since.
When she failed to return home, her fiancÃ©, Bishoy Hosni, went searching for her at her workplace. Mohammed Salah No”man, owner of the No”man Computer Center neighboring the Al-Ra”ay lab, told him that a Muslim employee of his, Ali Mahmoud Abdel Rasoul, had kidnapped the young woman.
Reportedly Rasoul, who had been maintaining the Al-Ra”ay laboratory computers, had previously been fired from the police force for “bad behavior.”
After hearing this, Attallah filed a report with the police on the day of his daughter’s disappearance, naming Rasoul as her suspected kidnapper. But the officials on duty refused to give him the case number.
At the same time, a State Security Investigation (SSI) officer declared that Rasoul had packed up his household goods and moved 250 miles further south to Sohag, taking Attallah’s daughter with him. But he warned the young woman’s father and fiancÃ© to stop looking for her, declaring she had left of her own free will.
The woman’s fiancÃ© remained skeptical. “If she went of her own free will,” Hosni told Compass, “then why didn’t she come to say that [to us]?”
Soon afterwards, rumors spread in their district of El-Fayoum that Marianna Attallah had left her Christian faith and converted to Islam. But Hosni dismissed the claims, saying that during their courtship, it had been her close relationship with God and active involvement in the church that had helped bring him to a deeper understanding of his Christian faith….
Hundreds of young Coptic women disappear and are reported kidnapped each year in Egypt, but their families” claims are difficult to prove.
At the same time, security officials frequently prevent Christian parents from having contact or private access to their daughters once they have been located, instead leaving them in the custody of the Muslim “protector” who abducted them.
After all, a “dhimmi” is a “protected person.”