Thursday, June 22, 2017
Beaten And Burned.
Premier has been told a 21-year-old Christian man was assaulted and burnt with hot iron rods by the family of a Muslim woman he'd befriended in Pakistan.
It's alleged the vicious attack was carried out by the woman's family - who were angry that Ansar Masih hadn't heeded their warnings to stay away.
The British Pakistani Christian Association is now urging the government there to tighten the laws on religious violence.
The full release from the BPCA is below:
A 21-year-old Christian man was allegedly assaulted and burnt with hot iron rods by the family of a Muslim woman for 'befriending' her in Sheikhupura within Pakistan's Punjab province
Ansar Masih first established contact with Jameela Bibi two years ago and their friendship grew over time and blossomed.
They often spoke over phone and Masih would also visit the woman's neighbourhood to meet her.
When the woman's family learned of the friendship, her father, Manzoor, and her brothers Mangu and Shahbaz called Masih's father asking him to tell his son to stay away from Jameela. The family of Mr Masih were warned of dire consequences that would be taken against the family, if their instructions were not followed.
On April 1st 2017, Ansar's mother sent him to collect some money from a friend in Jameela's neighbourhood. Whilst he was riding his motorcycle he was stopped by Manzoor and his sons, who waved their hands at him to stop. When he stopped they grabbed him and covered his head in a small sack and forcibly kidnapped him taking him to their house.
Once he was taken to their home the three assailants unclothed Ansar, beat him and burned him using hot iron rods until he was rendered unconscious.
The men then allegedly brought Ansar who was still unconscious to his house and told his family that he had met with an accident.
Ansar's family rushed him to Sheikhupura's District Headquarters Hospital where after gaining consciousness, he awoke from his unconscious state and described the true nature of the violence that had befell him.
Ansar received severe burn wounds which could not be treated at Sheikhupura District Headquarters Hospital. After an appeal for help BPCA intervened and paid for his transport and medical costs for him to be treated at Mayo Hospital, Lahore which had a special burns unit.
His sister Samina Bibi (30 years) lodged an FIR at Sheikhupura's Saddar police station after which the police took Manzoor into custody, but are yet to take any action against the two sons.