Pakistan Jails Christian Teenager for "Blasphemy"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | Tag Cloud

By Worthy News Asia Service

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (Worthy News) -- A Pakistani Christian teenager was behind bars Wednesday, August 26, after being beaten on “false” charges of "blasphemy" and several Muslims have demanded a death sentence for him, his family and supporters, rights investigators said.

The group International Christian Concern (ICC) said 18-year-old Safian Masih, who lives in a mixed neighborhood of both Christians and Muslims, is held in a prison of the city of Gujranwala, in Pakistan's Punjab province. “His family has fled their home because they fear for their safety” after a mob “also threatened to kill anyone who helped Safian or his family,” ICC added.

ICC linked the imprisonment to an incident August 8 when the young daughter of one of his Muslim neighbors demanded that Safian bring her items from the grocery store. When Safian refused she reportedly slapped him, and the young man apparently slapped her back, escalating the argument to include both families.“

After the altercation, the girl’s parents allegedly accused Safian of trying to rape their daughter. "When other Muslims heard this, they gathered and severely beat him. After beating him, they submitted a report to the police accusing Safian of rape, and had him handed over to police custody and jail,” Christians said.

BLASPHEMY CHARGES

Two days later, on August 10, “the Muslims changed their story and accused Safian of blasphemy instead of rape. They claimed that the girl was attending a madrassa, [or Muslim school], to learn about the Koran,” seen as a holy book by Muslims, according to ICC investigators. “When Safian encountered her he took her Koran and tore out its pages,” the Muslims allegedly told police.

After hearing this, some Muslims attacked Safian again and beat him so badly that they forced him to “admit” that he had “blasphemed” the Koran, ICC said. "They then handed him over to the police again. On August 14, a Muslim mob gathered and demanded that Safian be put to death as well as family members or supporters."

His family apparently remained in hiding Wednesday, August 26. The incident is the latest in a series of reported attacks against Christians in Punjab province.  “In Pakistan, Christians live as second-class citizens and repeatedly face violence from the Muslims majority,” claimed ICC representative  Jonathan Racho.

“Muslims easily exacerbate small disagreements and call for the execution or even murder of Christians. While ICC does not condone Safian’s slapping of a Muslim girl, it is unconscionable for Muslims to call for his death.”

ICC said it had urged its supporters around the world to “pray for the safety of Safian and his family” and to contact Pakistani embassies in their country to ask for his release.

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2 thoughts on “Pakistan Jails Christian Teenager for "Blasphemy"

  1. Praying! Hold Up Your Child Almighty LORD Jesus

    "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
    Isaiah 43:2

    And Pour Out Your Holy Spirit

    "Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
    But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God."
    Luke 12:8-9

    Upon Him

    "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
    "Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me."
    "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."
    Psalms 51:10-12

    And Light Up

    "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
    John 8:12

    These Blinded Ones Almighty God

    "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
    2 Corinthians 4:6

    And Lead Them In The Way Everlasting

    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
    John 14:6

    Hallelujah!

    "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand."
    "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
    John 3:35-36

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