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The family of Sharoon are being financially supported by the BPCA who have been covering the fathers wages as he takes time off work to challenge for justice for his son.
A Muslim high school student who murdered a Christian boy for drinking from a communal drinking fountain which held a de facto bar for usage by Christians, was set free on bail after a botched and contrived police investigation. Read original story (click here)
BPCA earlier reported on the botched investigation (click here)
Sharoon Masih was only 17 years old when he was brutally murdered by his fellow pupils all of whom where Muslim. Although his attack was triggered because he drank from a shared water facility which Muslim pupils believed meant that he had contaminated both the water’s purity and their own ritual purity, they also envied his position as one of the most intelligent pupils in his school. In their minds both of these issues had helped Sharoon Masih ‘rise above his station,’ so they all conspired to beat him to a pulp with ferocious punches and kicks, only stopping from the excitement of their ‘holy rage’ when Sharoon stopped moving and breathing after succumbing to the ferocity of the attack and its longevity.
Sharoon Masih (RIP)
Ahmed Raza had always believed that Sharoon was a ‘filthy Christian’ and made sure Sharoon understood his animosity towards him by regularly bullying him and taunting him with the label ‘Chura’ and ‘Bungeey’. two derogatory remarks meaning filthy cleaner.
These insults are derived from the fact that 86% of Christians work as domestic servants, sweepers and cleaners or are yoked under modern slavery contracts within the brick kiln and carpet weaving industry. In some provinces of Pakistan only Christian applicants are allowed to apply for such roles in a drive deemed to be positive discrimination (click here).
Sharoon’s father, Ilyasab Masih explained to Mehwish Bhatti BPCA lead officer that Sharoon was the only Christian in his class and that though many of the children who initially witnessed the attack have retracted their statements in fear of reprisals and others simply because of a very unsavoury act of Muslim community bias.
Smart, charming and handsome but Sharoon is sadly no longer with us.
On several occasions Ilyasab Masih has been offered bribes from the family of Ahmed which initially amounted to 2 million rupees (£12,816) and later rose to 3 million rupees (£19,224). However Ilyas refused both offers. He said:
“My son was worth more then all the money in the world to me. He was a golden child who was excelling at school and one day he would have been a great man till Ahmed and the other murderers took his life from him.
“Neither Ahmed nor any other boy has asked for forgiveness they have no remorse, if I had accepted this money I would have been reinforcing the pervading view that Christians are worthless.
“I will not blemish my son’s memory nor sully my community’s reputation by accepting this blood money. Our Christ suffered humiliation and pain but he suffered it with dignity. Muslims may bully us and kill us but they will never make us disgrace ourselves by selling our souls.
“Sharoon was a prayerful boy who volunteered at our church and who knew the Gospels very well, he was meant for more important things and God will ensure that he receives that promise in heaven.
‘Sharoon deserves better then this bungled police investigation which has shocked us to our core and we will continue to pursue justice whatever happens.
One day these murderers will have to face God, at that point they will understand the weight of their sin.”