A 17-year-old Christian boy in Pakistan was beaten to death by his classmates for the crime of drinking from the same glass as a Muslim.
The Independent reports that Sharoon Masih was the only Christian in his year and had only been at MC Model Boys Government School Burewala in Punjab for three days.
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A teacher was even present at the time of the vicious attack, but did not notice because he was “reading a newspaper”.
So far only one student, Muhammad Ahmed Rana has been arrested. He claims he lashed out at Masih after he broke the screen on his phone. Although other students claim the attack happened because Masih drank from the same glass as Muslims. He has refused to name anyone else involved in the attack.
But the autopsy report suggests Rana did more than “lash out”. They found that Masih died as the result of repeated blows to his head and body.
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Masih's mother, Razia Bibi says no proper investigation is being done. “We had great intimacy and were looking to him to support us and his sibling as we grow old,” she said.
The Christian family had saved for years to send Masih to the school and were unable to afford the uniform. As a result, he attended the first day in his own clothes, was slapped around by his teacher and made to stand outside all day as punishment. His teacher even called him a “chuhra”, which according to Inews is a “a highly-offensive caste-based insult”.
“Sharoon and I cried every night as he described the torture he was subjected,” Bibi said.
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