Muslims treat Christians as second class citizens in Pakistan, and authorities deem them worthless, so crimes against Christians are rarely prosecuted.
A horrific sexual attack and murder of a 14-year-old Christian boy was completely covered up by Pakistan police last month.
The British Pakistani Christian Association has reported that while visiting his uncle’s cattle farm at Shreejan Wala Dhera on August 23, Zeeshan Masih had gone out to buy a soda, and never came back. Later they found his body hanging from a branch of a tree nearby.
A medical exam indicated the boy had been sexually molested, according to a copy of the report obtained by BPCA. In addition, witnesses came forward alleging that two Muslim men were responsible. But all that was ignored by police.
The cause of death, according to the police, was that the 14-year-old boy died of a heart attack, which was induced by drinking a soft drink after eating fruit. The incredulous allegation was made by Saleem Warraich, the Deputy Superintendent of Sadar Police Constabulary, during a press conference with national media, including Duniya News and Express News.
Wilson Chowdhry, writing for the BPCA, said it is believed that local authorities and police “are in cahoots with a pedophile ring.” Other children are reporting sexual abuse, and the family believes the boy was killed for threatening to tell his parents.
Kanwal Amar Lead reporter for the British Pakistani Christian Association, said, “This family are deeply traumatized. They have lost a son to an extremely heinous crime and the chance for them to get justice is limited. The manner in which police officers have attempted to camouflage this crime has hurt and angered them. They are calling for an independent inquiry into the handling of their son’s death.”
The local police have finally agreed to register a “First Incident Report” after being pressured by the BPCA, the local church Christ Assemblies International, and Bishop Farhad Bhatti of Pakistan Christian Post. However, they will wait until the DNA report is received in about a month, before filing the incident report.
BPCA offered to help the family with funeral expenses, and are trying to raise money to provide a legal adviser to pressure police to investigate the murder.
A copy of the post-mortem examination obtained by BPCA. The part highlighted in yellow describes a dilated anus and other evidence of sexual molestation.
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA, said:
“The brutal nature of the crimes inflicted on Christians in Pakistan is the product of their vulnerability and the warped minds that breed in the nation. The levels of rape, sodomy and murder in Pakistan are reaching unprecedented levels. Christians and other minorities are a natural target as they are disenfranchised by the country’s laws and statutes, which confer second-class citizenship upon them. In the main Christians are poor, illiterate and hold a pariah status culminating in an ineffectual response from statutory authorities when help is needed, who deem them worthless. No amount of laws can ever change a deeply entrenched community mindset that believes Christians are anathema – so crimes like this will continue and justice will fail time after time.”
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