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A 21-year-old Christian man was allegedly assaulted and burnt with hot iron rods by the family of a Muslim woman for 'befriending' her in Sheikhupura within
Pakistan's Punjab province
Ansar Masih first established contact with Jameela Bibi two years ago and their friendship grew over time and blossomed.
They often spoke over phone and Masih would also visit the woman's neighbourhood to meet her.
When the woman's family learned of the friendship, her father, Manzoor, and her brothers Mangu and Shahbaz called Masih's father asking him to tell his son to stay away from Jameela. The family of Mr Masih were warned of dire consequences that would be taken against the family, if their instructions were not followed.
On April 1st 2017, Ansar's mother sent him to collect some money from a friend in Jameela's neighbourhood. Whilst he was riding his motorcycle he was stopped by Manzoor and his sons, who waved their hands at him to stop. When he stopped they grabbed him and covered his head in a small sack and forcibly kidnapped him taking him to their house.
Once he was taken to their home the three assailants unclothed Ansar, beat him and burned him using hot iron rods until he was rendered unconscious.
The men then allegedly brought Ansar who was still unconscious to his house and told his family that he had met with an accident.
Ansar's family rushed him to Sheikhupura's District Headquarters Hospital where after gaining consciousness, he awoke from his unconscious state and described the true nature of the violence that had befell him.
Ansar received severe burn wounds which could not be treated at Sheikhupura District Headquarters Hospital. After an appeal for help BPCA intervened and paid for his transport and medical costs for him to be treated at Mayo Hospital, Lahore which had a special burns unit.
His sister Samina Bibi (30 years) lodged an FIR at Sheikhupura's Saddar Police Station on 5th April after which the police took Manzoor into custody, but are yet to take any action against the two sons.
Mother of Ansar, Nasreen Bibi (50 yrs), spoke with British Pakistani Christian Association, She said:
"My son's life is precious to me, he has undergone brutality the likes of which I have never seen before. I am still shocked by the violence that he has survived and thank God that he is recovering.
"The men that hurt him so bad deserve to be punished and I am praying God will bring justice into this situation as it happens to so many young Christian men."
Ansar Masih, said:
"I am still traumatised by the attack and am too scared to leave my home. The men hurt me so bad, they kicked, me punched me, bit me, spat at me, hit me with bars and then burnt me after I first watched them heat the poles they had beaten me with in their fireplace.
"I was simply a friend of Jameela we did not have any physical affair, but this family simply hate Christians and have enacted such brutality on me because to them I am just like rubbish."
"I lost consciousness during the burning and then found myself in hospital. I am still in pain and will be scarred for life but at least I am alive. God preserved my life and I will stay forever indebted to him."
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said:
"The animosity that Muslims in Pakistan feel for Christians shows no signs of changing. No amount of interfaith harmony projects in Pakistan will alter the longstanding pariah status of Christians, in the short term.
"If Christians are to survive in Pakistan there is no option to the Government of Pakistan but ensure laws that are in place to counteract the hostility are enacted.
"If this Muslim family is able to bribe themselves out of being convicted this will only serve to be a blight on the already poor image of Pakistan across the globe."
Ansar's condition has now improved and he has returned home and BPCA have agreed to help with the legal costs for him to take action against Manzoor and his sons. The family of Manzoor have had Ansar Masih arrested yesterday (27th April) after counter-alleging he was attacked for scaling a wall and trespassing on their property, a story that is a complete fabrication.
We hope to appoint a solicitor soon but will need to raise £800 to make this happen as there are now two cases to fight. If you can help us reach this target please (click here)
L-R Samina Bibi, Mother of Ansar Nasreen Bibi, Ansar Masih, BPCA Officer Rajal Dawood and BPCA Lead officer for Lahore Ambar Saroya.
The victim's father was quoted as saying that the family was being pressured by family and friends of Manzoor. Moreover they are also being pressurized by local police to reconcile and take back the case on acceptance of a bribe - they say it will restore community peace. However the family is adamant that they will pursue justice for their son and want to prevent any future extra-judicial acts of violence on innocent Christians. Worse still the family are all brick kiln slaves and their master has allegedly been bribed by Manzoor and is trying to force them to drop the charges against Manzoor. BPCA can provide a safe home for the family but the relocation costs will amount to at least £2000 for one year. This will include for transport, protection, food and a full time re-establishment officer who will help them re-start their lives far away from Sheikhupura, if you would like to donate towards this please (click here)
We as a group refuse to pay bribes or ledgered debts of slave-masters who have already rinsed Christians of their lives and their dignity. So we will also require security at any court hearings which the families will have to attend.
Ansar's condition is stable now and he can be seen recovering in the middle of the picture above. He will need intensive treatment to reduce scarring which will include grafting and he is still on painkillers. To help with the costs of treatment we need to raise an estimated £500 for Ansar, if you would like to donate towards this please (click here)