A Christian boy, who was doing well in his studies despite being from a poor home, was beaten to death by his Muslim classmates inside his school in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. The victim’s parents say he was targeted for being a Christian soon after he joined the school.
“You’re a Christian; don’t dare sit with us if you want to live,” a Muslim student had once told the victim, Sharoon Masih, who was studying at MC Model Boys Government High School in the Vehari area in Punjab, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association, which has reported on the killing.
Masih was beaten up by several students on Aug. 27, his fourth day at the school. He died on the spot, inside the classroom.
The attacking students were shouting insults at him while beating him, but no teacher or school staff came to his rescue.
The Head Teacher has been dismissed, and the prime suspect, a student identified as Muhammad Ahmed Rana, has been arrested.
The victim’s father, Elyab Masih, who works as a laborer in a brick kiln, had saved his hard-earned money for the admission of his son.
The victim’s mother, Riaz Bibi, said her son had been warned by his peers not to mix with Muslims at the school. She said her son was called a “chura,” a derogatory term which refers to the people who belong to the lowest caste, according to the hierarchy in some South Asian societies.
Some even tried to convert the boy to Islam, Bibi said.