Pakistan: Christian Man And Wife Beaten For Touching Muslim-Owned Motorcycle, Mob Joins In When Christian Defends Himself
By Asif Aqeel, Morning Star News – “In a land where ‘Christian’ is synonymous with lowest-caste ‘untouchable,’ many Muslims here believe Parvaiz Masih deserved the series of attacks he and his wife suffered for asking a Muslim to allow him and his donkey cart to pass.
In Sheikhupura District in Punjab Province on Nov. 16, Masih was transporting fodder on Nov. 16 when he came up against a motorcycle parked in the middle of the road. The owner, Ali Hassan, refused to move it, so Masih moved it in hopes of avoiding an altercation, he said.
‘How can you, a ‘Chuhra,’ touch my motorcycle?’ Hassan asked Masih, and he began to beat the Christian.
Hassan was further offended that a lower-caste Christian dared to defend himself, and as he left he threatened to teach Masih a lesson for raising a hand at someone from the Gill clan, which belongs to the higher agricultural Jat caste, Masih said.
The distinction between being a Christian and being on the lowest strata of Pakistani society is virtually nil for most Pakistanis, so Masih has suffered as much for being a Christian as for being considered too low to touch. In the 1930s the word ‘Christian’ literally replaced the disparaging term ‘Chuhra’ and became synonymous with sweeper or laborer …
Members of the Gill clan decided to attack Masih, of Barnala village near Safdarabad, and because a menial Christian worker had dared to hit a Muslim, members of the local hard-line political group Sunni Tehreek joined them, Masih’s legal counsel said. Within a few hours, Hassan and cousins Muhammad Tahir, Muhammad Shahbaz, Muhammad Aftab and seven other men beat Masih in a cattle shed with clubs, kicks, and punches.
Members of the Gill clan, part of the Jat caste, were particularly incensed that a servant of the rival Arains agricultural caste had stood up to Hassan …” Read more.
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