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Pakistan Christian Maid Burned To Death

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By Jawad Mazhar, Worthy News Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

Kiran George, 20, passed away in hospital after she was burned by her Muslim employers, rights activists say. Photo: Jawad Mazhar for BosNewsLife

SHEIKHUPURA, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- A young Christian maid was raped and burned to death by the son of her Muslim employer in the industrial city of Sheikhupura, the second murder of a domestic servant in Pakistan's Punjab province in less than two months, investigators confirmed Thursday April 1.

Kiran George, 20, was allegedly burned by suspect Muhammad Ahmed Raza last month because she became pregnant and wanted to report his "months of sexual abuse" to police, according to published statements and Christian advocacy and aid group Life for All (LFA).

"When she became pregnant Muhammad Ahmed Raza refused to marry her and burnt her alive by sprinkling petrol over her," LFA added.

Raza could not immediately be reached for comment, but police said they launched a criminal investigation against him and others involved in the case.

George died March 11 at an intensive care unit in the nearby Mayo Hospital Lahore, just days after she arrived there with over 80 percent of her body burned, doctors said.

LAST STATEMENT

In one of the last recorded statements to police, doctors and Christian rights activists, Kiran George said Raza was assisted in the burning by his mother Zahida Bibi, who employed her.

She whispered that the incident happened after Raza asked her to come to the roof top of hishouse. "I was thinking that Raza might propose to marry me...But when I reached the roof I saw Raza andhis mother Zahida holding a [jerrycan] of petrol [and both] were very aggressive," George recalled.

Soon after, she claimed, Raza threw gasoline over her and set her on fire. "In a few seconds my whole body wascovered in flames. I was shouting help me but nobody came...I ran downstairs for water, but I felldown saying: 'Please for God's sake save my life',".

Speaking from her death bed, the young woman said a brother of Raza, Ahmal, intervened and rushed her to hospital, according to a statement obtained by Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife.

She alleged that the rich Muslim family "bribed" police "heavily" not to launch procedures against thesuspects. "They are just waiting for my death."

CHRISTIANS PROTEST

After her death and an autopsy, her body was brought to a slum area of Shiekhupura, where her impoverishedfather George Masih, a laborer, and her mother Haleema Bibi  a house wife, were accompanied by demonstrators demanding justice, Christians said.

They blocked a road demanding that police would detain the suspects and threatened not to removeor bury George's human remains before the arrests took place, explained LFA representative Rizwan Paul.

"Then police talked with the demonstrators and assured them that the culprits would be found," he told Worthy News.

The latest burning incident came after another Christian maid, 12-year-old Shazia Bashit, died January 22 after alleged abuse by her Muslim boss.

TORTURE CLAIMS

Her family claims she was tortured, but the employer, a lawyer and a former head of the Lahore Bar Association —says she fell down stairs, and died January 22 "of complications from a skin disease."

In a seperate case, Christian domestic servant Martha Masih, 33, was raped by possibly three police officers in a police station of the town of Rawalpindi, March 19, after she and her husband refused to convert to Islam, several Christian and law enforcement officials confirmed to BosNewsLife. Her husband, 38-year-old driver Arshed Masih, was reportedly burned outside the station and died of his injuries March 23.

The cases have underscored concerns however over the situation of Christians and other servants in Pakistan, often children and youngsters working on average for $50 a month.

They can also bee seen at the edges of birthday parties and nights out in fancy restaurants serving children of wealthy parents.

Pakistani advocacy groups say the root of the problem is poverty, but there is concern that tougher legislation would do little to improve the living conditions of desperate young people from the countryside looking for work and money for their families. (With editing by Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos).

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2 thoughts on “Pakistan Christian Maid Burned To Death

  1. Praying!

    Oh LORD!

    "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,

    but against principalities, against powers,

    against the rulers of the darkness of this world,

    against spiritual wickedness in high places" Ephesians 6:12

    Mercy! Mercy!

    "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

    In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,

    lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

    Open Their Eyes And Their Hearts

    "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;

    he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,

    and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

    To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God;

    to comfort all that mourn;" Isaiah 61:1-2

    And Save Now LORD

    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered:

    for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said,

    and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." Joel 2:32

    Save Now!

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

    that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;

    but that the world through him might be saved.

    He that believeth on him is not condemned:

    but he that believeth not is condemned already,

    because he hath not believed in the name

    of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:16-18

    Thank You For Answered Prayer
    In Jesus I Pray
    Amen!

    I Love You LORD Jesus
    I Love You

  2. Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord. I am angered at these attacks on innocents and can only trust that God will deal with their perpetrators.

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