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A Christian boy of only 7 years old was brutally sodomized by a Muslim rapist who later fled the scene when two Christian men ran to the screaming boy and rescued him from his terrifying and brutal ordeal.
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Daim Masih (7 yrs) is a grade one student attending Bethel Christian School, from the district of Sahiwal in the Punjab. Daim’s school is 2km away from his home and usually he would be dropped to school by his father with his 9 year old sister Carol and collected at the end of the day. However, on some occasions when the father was working Carol would lead her brother home and they would walk with many other children also used to the unaccompanied journey.
On 29th January, Carol was ill with a very high fever so her mother Sheeba (36 yrs) was looking after Carol and her youngest child Komal. Daim’s father Javed Masih (42 yrs) explained to Daim that he should follow the other children to get home, as the school day was shortened for exams and his Javed could not collect him. Daim had walked home by himself on several previous occasions and was not fazed by this – unsupervised travel to and from school is a very common practice for children in Pakistan which normally begins from the age of 4 years.
Daim started his journey to his home at village Minar Wali 86/9 and was making good headway, having reached the mid-point of his journey 1km from his home. As he got to a local farm he was met by Shan Muhammed (19 yrs), who is a well known local village youth. Shan spoke to Daim and shared exciting news, he said:
“Hi Daim, it’s nice to see you I have good news some of our cows have given birth to young calves. Would you like to come with me and see them?
Shan knew Daim and his family as they live in the same community. He was well aware that Daim had a great fascination and passion for animals and was using this love for domestic cows to entice Daim to go with him to a secluded spot on his family’s farm. Unfortunately for young Daim he was duped by the offer to see the calves and agreed to go with Shan,
Shan held Daim’s hand and led him away describing the beauty of the young calves and the things they were doing. However, Daim some realised that they were not going in the direction of the animals. He began to fear his environment and asked Shan why they were going the wrong way. Shan told him he had another big surprise for him.
They walked a few metres to some trees when suddenly Shan ripped of Daim’s shirt, then the rest of his clothes and threw Daim to the ground. Shan then jumped on Daim and proceeded with a sexual assault and sodomization of poor Daim. While the attack was happening the tiny 7 year old struggled to fight off Shan who was much bigger and more powerful then him.
Daim was punched, slapped and kneed by Shan who was shouting obscenities during the attack and demanding Daim to stop his screaming. The violence and the unlawful penetration of Dain was so painful however, that he could not stop his screaming. Desperate for him to be quiet or thrilled by the power and subjugation of his prey, sexual predator Shan began to tighten his hands around Daim’s neck and was slowly throttling him to death
while having his wicked way with him.
Fortunately Daim’s grandfather Younas Masih (62 yrs) and uncle Samuel Masih (32 yrs) heard his piercing screams from their home which was near the farm. They came rushing out to see what was happening.
When he saw the two men arriving at the scene of his attack, Shan pulled up his sharwar (trouser), tied it up and ran for the wall of the farm. He leapt over the wall and disappeared from site but not before being seen by Younas and Samuel.
The two men grabbed Daim, they picked up his clothes and covered him with them (clothes were placed on top of him not reworn) as they carried him to their church to get help. At Gospel Church which is affiliated with the Church of Pakistan, they met Bishop Abraham who called the police using the emergency services number 112.
Despite the serious nature of the crime the police arrived after 30 minutes and a few minutes later an ambulance arrived. Daim was put into the ambulance and taken to District Headquarters Hospital 8 km away from the church and Bishop Abraham, Sheeba, Younas and Samuel were with him.
At the hospital the police took a statement from Bishop Abraham, Younas, Samuel and Daim and an immediate FIR was registered by the police at Police Station Gala Mundi, Sahiwal and an investigation began immediately.
The same day the family were contacted by Sub Inspector (SI) Nazeer Ahmed and advised that Shan Muhammad had been arrested and was safely in their custody. Police have also informed the family that Shan has admitted to the rape and kidnap of young Daim and that he will stand trial.
Shan’s parents have approached the family of Daim to apologize for his crime and ask if the family would accept a payment as per Pakistan’s Qisas and Diyat laws for their son to be forgiven by the law. The family of Daim have refused to accept compensation and have advised BPCA that they want justice for their son. Sheeba spoke to Mehwish Bhatti of the BPCA, she said:
“I have not slept since I discovered the attack on Daim. I cannot imagine the horror he felt as he realised he was going to be attacked or when he knew there was nothing he could do to stop the attack.
“I want to meet Shan so I can ask him why he attacked my son in this way, I want to know what made him do such an evil act that will scar my poor boy forever and has rocked our family. I want him to know and understand the pain he has inflicted on Daim and all those who love him.”
“Shan needs ot be punished, he needs to understand what he has done is wrong, so that he never ever hurts anyone they way he has hurt my son and our family.”
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA, said:
“The constant rape of young children in Pakistan is a blight on the nation’s reputation. The rape and murder of Zainab became international news and raised a global spotlight on this societal malaise. However the the world still fails to understand that Christian children are more susceptible to such crimes and their number of victims are in the thousands every year.
“Only the screaming of Daim saved hm from being murdered in my opinion. In response to the noise the quick-thinking grandfather and uncle of Daim saved him from being strangled to death by a violent sexual predator in a clearly premeditated attack..
“Justice in this case will serve to frighten others from enacting such audacious attacks but in a country riven with extremism, anarchy and criminal impunity, how much will it really dent the existing problem – not very much!
“Pakistani authorities must take seriously their obligations to protect the innocent children preyed upon by these evil, sexually depraved beasts in their country. They must bring about a rule of law that frightens would-be-killers and rapists from conducting their evil acts.
Moreover they must get to the root cause of the sordid mentality that has destroyed the very fabric of their society and start to enact programs of education and social welfare that attempt to eradicate the moral vacuum that leads to such crimes.”
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Here is copy of the FIR