The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) reported Christian girls Kiran, 17; Shamroza, 18; and Sumble, 20, were walking home when four men confronted them in a maroon car. The men supposedly spewed “lewd comments” and pressured the ladies to jump in the car.
The women told them they do not believe in sex before marriage and then “scolded the young men” for their advances. This upset the men, especially when the girls walked away.
“How dare you run away from us?” one Muslim man allegedly yelled. “Christian girls are only meant for one thing. The pleasure of Muslim men.”
The men then ran their car into the girls:
The impact on Shamroza and Sumble threw them to the sides of the vehicles and sharply to the ground. The result of crashing into the hard street surface caused Shamroza to break several ribs and Sumble broke her hip. Kiran was even more unfortunate as the impact of the car lifted her off the ground and on to the bonnet of the car, where she thumped the windscreen. The young men continued to laugh in their drunken stupour and increased their speed, finally braking when they could see another car before them. The momentum of the emergency stop threw Kiran up into the air and rapidly onto the floor where she cracked her head open and smashed numerous bones, the resulting internal bleeding killed her within minutes.
The families claim the police forced them to pay a bribe to file a report. They demand justice, but since the men possess wealth, they doubt they will receive it.
Violence against Christians in Pakistan is pervasive. In October, three Muslim men broke into a deaf woman’s house and raped her while the men in her family worked.
Another Muslim family beat an eight-year-old Christian girl and left her naked in the street because her uncle courted a girl in their family. They decided to dishonor his niece as payback since the uncle allegedly dishonored their family member.
A mob of Muslims torched Christian television station Gawahi TV last November.
Two Muslim men set a 14-year-old boy on fire when he told them he was a Christian.
“I told them that I am Christian. They started beating me,” explained the boy. “When I tried running, both boys started following me through the street and then they threw Kerosene on me and burnt me.”
“I kept on running when a heap of sand came my way, I lied down on the sand,” he said. “[A] few people from the community … [extinguished] fire by putting sand on me. I became unconscious, and they called 1122 Emergency medical helpline and called [for] an ambulance.”
Pakistani Christians often flee to Thailand to escape Muslim persecution, but only face more hardship due to the deplorable conditions inside the country’s immigration centers. Numerous people have died, including Pervaiz Ghouri Masih, 53, who died from a tumor and a heart condition as he suffered inside the cells. The BPCA reported officials did not provide Masih with a table, chair, or bed, “despite his sallow appearance and intimated poor health.”