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Mon Sep 11, 2017, 08:04 AM Sep 2017

Christian teen in Pakistan beat to death by classmates after drinking from same glass as Muslim boy [View all]

Sharoon Masih, the lone Christian student in his year, had only attended the school in South Punjab for three days. After complaining to his parents of bullying, he was set upon by pupils after drinking from the same glass as a Muslim, according to other students at the MC Model Boys Government School Burewala who witnessed the attack.

Although anti-Christian violence is common in the Muslim nation, the youthfulness of the mob in this case marks an ugly first for the country.

Mr Masih’s teacher, Nazir Mol, originally claimed that he had not noticed any disturbance in the classroom as he had been reading a newspaper at the time. Autopsy reports confirm that Mr Masih died as the result of repeated blows to his head and body.

Mr Masih was sent by his parents to MC Model Boys Government School after topping his class in the village school. His father, who worked at a brick kiln factory, had to save for years to afford even the nominal attendance fee. Unable to pay for the school uniform, Sharoon turned up on his first day in casual clothes. He told his mother that his teacher slapped him twice on the face, and forced him to stand outside all day in the sun. Mr Mol also called him “chuhra”, he said – a highly-offensive caste-based insult – and other boys tried to force him to convert to Islam.


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