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Christian man tortured in Sheikhupura for 'befriending' Muslim woman

Updated Apr 17, 2017 01:18am

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A Christian man was reportedly assaulted and burnt with hot iron rods, allegedly by the family of a Muslim woman in Sheikhupura district, for having "friendship" with her, it has been learnt.

The victim had received severe burn wounds and after failing to get proper medical care in Sheikhupura, he was shifted to Mayo Hospital, Lahore, on Sunday for further medical treatment.

The incident happened earlier this month and a police case has also been lodged against the father and brothers of the woman, who were reportedly against the friendship between the two and allegedly tortured 21-year-old Ansar Masih.

According to the First Information Report (FIR) undersigned by Masih's sister in Sheikhupura's Saddar police station, Masih first established contact with the woman two years ago and their friendship grew with time.

They often spoke on phone and Masih would also visit the woman neighbourhood to meet her, the FIR stated.

When the woman's family learned of the friendship, her father, Manzoor, and her brothers called Masih's father asking him to tell his son to stay away from the woman, warning them of dire consequences if their instructions were not followed, the FIR added.

On April 1, Ansar's mother sent him to run an errand in the woman's neighbourhood where Ansar was allegedly kidnapped by the accused and his two sons, the report stated, adding the three unclothed him, beat him and burned him using hot iron rods.

The FIR further states that the accused then brought Ansar to his house and told his family that he had been in a traffic accident.

Ansar's family then rushed him to Sheikhupura's District Headquarters Hospital where, after gaining consciousness, he narrated the incident.

Subsequently, on April 5, his sister lodged the FIR following which the police took the accused into custody.

Speaking to DawnNews, the victim's father claimed that the family was under pressure by the accused as well as the area police to reconcile and take back the case.

When contacted, the officials at DHQ confirmed that Ansar had been shifted to Lahore's Mayo Hospital as the facility in Sheikhupura lacked equipment and necessary supplies to treat patients with serious burn injuries.

Ansar's condition is reportedly stable now. However, his medical treatment is underway.

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GRAAN KHAN Apr 17, 2017 01:03am

Too Cruel. We are losing the sense of being Human. We forget that we are HUMANS first.

Hassan (Karachi) Apr 17, 2017 01:18am

"the victim's father claimed that the family was under pressure by the accused as well as the area police to reconcile and take back the case."

How can we change when the Police itself is part of the problem.

Imran Apr 17, 2017 01:44am

Intolerance. Culprits must be severely punished.

Zak Apr 17, 2017 01:59am

The family of accused should be sentenced for taking law in their hands.

The_Truth Apr 17, 2017 02:10am

Such intolerant in the sociaty i tell you. But if it was the opposite case then the family could have forced the non-muslim family to marry their girl to the boy. Why can't they just leave the people to live their life as far as they are not going against laws of the country.

PhilosoPher(from japan) Apr 17, 2017 02:27am

Thanks God he wasn't killed under the cover of religion.

JA-Australia Apr 17, 2017 02:31am

Notwithstanding the fact that this crime must be prosecuted, is there any evidence that the motive was religion?

David Salmon Apr 17, 2017 02:36am

Why should the police pressure the victim to withdraw the charges? Is that justice?

W Shaikh Apr 17, 2017 03:31am

We go to western countries and married their women to get permanent residency or citizenship but torture people for doing the same thing in Pakistan. Hypocrisy and double standard at their best.

Vikas rehman Apr 17, 2017 03:55am

Barbaric.

A few days ago we read something similar happening in India in this very newspaper. I hope Pakistanis lynching India for that would do the same to Pakistani system. As for Indians, we are not so different after all.

Changez Khan Apr 17, 2017 04:19am

Come' on!!! Now what is this.

Al Apr 17, 2017 05:24am

As a Christian I am appalled. If a Muslim boy dates a Christian girl, would they have done the same?

Thruth Apr 17, 2017 05:47am

Shameful act by female family ..should be punished.

Vinit Apr 17, 2017 06:11am

This would not be any issue if the girl was Hindu/Christian and the boy Muslim.

MJK Apr 17, 2017 06:23am

Man was playing with fire. Society which lynches their coreligionist for belasphemy how false it might be will not tolerate interfaith romance. Hope police takes action against the perpetrators of the crime.

Saqib ghumman Apr 17, 2017 06:53am

Very sad, still living in stone age, people involved should be prosecuted and made an example. Every adult human being has a basic right ro decide for himself/herself

Jto Apr 17, 2017 07:00am

Intolerance at it's height

Fazal Karim Apr 17, 2017 07:09am

It is no crime if a Christian meets a Muslim woman( common out side Pakistan). Such incidents will go on repeating because police is either bribed or pressurized. If any body takes law in his own hand and kill some one there should be severe and quick punishment only then such crimes can be controlled.

tahir malik Apr 17, 2017 07:43am

Let God be judge of our souls not man.

Manoj Apr 17, 2017 07:59am

Highly intoletance

Suppi Apr 17, 2017 08:16am

Absolutely disgusting..forced religiousness should stop

Saif Zulfiqar Apr 17, 2017 11:41am

Those who are taking laws into their hands must be punished severely.

Khan Apr 17, 2017 02:39pm

@Suppi its not forced religiousness, its a culture too. This is not a western society and most parents/brothers would done the same even if the guy was Muslim. Stop comparing our society with west or trying to make it like one. Its because of people like you that our society is becoming polarised.

dr zahid Apr 17, 2017 02:49pm

needless to mention religion here..even if sharing religion these relationships are responded likewise by angered families

Hassaan khalid Apr 17, 2017 02:55pm

Can't even be friends with people anymore? these people, bigoted illiberal people, they're like a virus. Individual lives and liberties need to be accepted and respected and the irrational stupid unjustifiable traditions and customs need to be abolished. People need to work towards changing the social behaviors and the common mentality, and uplift liberty, justice and equality. Because changing laws is useless unless minds are changed.

Gerry dcunha Apr 17, 2017 06:35pm

Unless the masses are not taught to be tolerance such situations will keep on occurring in Pakistan. Elsewhere in the world such things do not matter

Tahreem Noor Apr 17, 2017 07:07pm

What the hell is going on here in Pakistan, some one is beating hard in a barbarian manner to a innocent and topper student of Mardan in the name of blasphemy where as someone is putting those iron rods on just being in a friendship with a Muslim girl !!!! These above mentioned matters should taken under consideration as kpk government is only used to talk about panama papers on the other hand Zardari is very much tensed about his son's life !!! Mr.Zardari just have a look on innocent Mashal 's parents who can't do anything except waiting for justice !!! Mr.Imran khan panama is not only problem to be focused !!!! Mr.Shabaz shareef development is only problem to be taken under consideration!!!

Mubarak Apr 17, 2017 08:18pm

@Khan so you are justfying the act. What a shame.