Javed Masih was 32 years old. With his job, he was repaying a debt that his family had contracted three years ago. Contracted, he was supposed to work 24 a month. In reality he was a slave. Accused of theft, he was tortured for days. The employer's family threatens serious consequences while police refuse to open an investigation.
Faisalabad (AsiaNews) - A 32-year-old Christian has died as a result of injuries inflicted by his Muslim employer. The man's name was Javed Masih and he lived in Kamalpur on Sargodha Road, Faisalabad district. He worked for Bilal Wahla to pay a debt of 350,000 rupees [about 2900 euros] contracted by his family.
Officially, he would have to sweep the musings of the Muslim, take care of the animals, milk the cows, and distribute the milk. In reality Javed was treated like a slave. Accused of stealing a biker's motorcycle, the Christian was repeatedly beaten with sticks and other objects. He was taken to the hospital and died from serious torture.
Speaking to AsiaNews Imran Masih, Javed's older brother, denounces: "We want justice. We are poor and therefore the police refuse to listen to us and record the complaint. Large landowners are threatening serious consequences because we have opposed any compromise. All this is because we are Christians and poor. "
Javed Masih was one of six children (five males and females) of Irshad Masih and Naseem Bibi. In 2014, his parents contracted a debt with the Muslim owner. Upon his father's death, the deal was signed with the wealthy landowner Wahla, alias Jutt: Javed worked for the Muslim and in return he would have 7,000 rupees deleted from the debt every month [equal to 57 euros, ed]. Under the agreement, Javed was required to work 24 hours a month. But in reality he was enslaved.
On June 20 some unknown criminals stole a motorcycle from Bilal Wahla's private estate. The latter immediately blamed his employee, beginning to torture him cruelly and assigning new jobs to him. For his part, Javed rejected allegations of theft, but given the debt - he had no choice but to resist and continue working.
On July 18, after completing the daily assignments, Javed asked for an hour to leave to meet some friends. Returning after two hours, he found the furious master waiting for him, who struck him without any justification until he left the Christian bloody and broken. The next day, Javed was taken to the Allied Hospital in Faisalabad, where doctors pronounced him dead.
At that point the threats of the Muslim and other landowners began who tried to corrupt the family of the Christian to reach a compromise. Faced with their rejection of the Masih, Bilal Wahla tried to cover up the murder by stating that it was a case of suicide. Instead, Javed's relatives filed a complaint at the Nishatabad police station. But to date, Imran Masih complains, the agents "have not yet accepted our statement. The police department must arrest and punish the culprit according to the law. We do not want any compromise. We want justice for our innocent brother. "