Islamabad (AsiaNews) - Insulted,
threatened, beaten and humiliated: this is what happened to a Christian family
in Pakistan, attacked by some Muslims, who own a brick factory. The
attackers wanted to "punish" Rafique Masih, a 50 year old father,
for trying to defend his daughters, harassed by the constant taunts of Muhammad
Umai and Muhammad Zubair, nephews of the owner of the factory.
"This inhuman act - Rafique Masih
tells AsiaNews - happened because we are poor and we had requested a loan of 70
thousand rupees (770 dollars) from the owners of the brick factory. They think
that poor Christians do not deserve respect and that therefore they can do
want. I may not be rich, but I will fight for justice and for the respect and
the dignity of my family. "
Rafique and his wife have seven
children, four girls and three boys. After
his eldest daughter, Iram, 17, was yet again verbally harassed on July 10 last,
the father went to tell the two young men not to bother his daughters anymore. In
response, Muslims began to verbally abuse him, insulting him and his family and
threatening to "teach him a lesson."
the argument the Christian returned home, but the same evening Muhammad Umai and
Muhammad Zubair appeared at his door looking to continue the argument. Mehboob
Masih, 23, one of the sons opened the door, refusing to call his father. At
that point the two burst into the house armed with wooden sticks and bricks and
began to beat the boy and his father, who came to see what was happening.
attackers wounded Rafique's head and broke his arm. Then
they slapped and insulted his daughters, trying to drag them into the street to
humiliate them. Only the
intervention of some neighbors made them desist. At
that point, the Muslims held the Christians in their own home, threatening to
crush anyone who rushed to their aid and preventing the family from receiving
few days later, on July 13, some relatives were able to rescue the family with
the help of the Justice and Peace Commission (Ncjp), which has been providing
medical care and assistance. However, the culprits
are still at large.