Christian man tortured in Pakistan for ‘befriending’ Muslim woman
PTI | Apr 17, 2017, 05.58 PM IST
- The attackers unclothed the man, beat him and burned him using hot iron rods
- His sister lodged the FIR following which the police took the accused into custody
- The man received severe burn wounds and after failing to get proper medical care
LAHORE: 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 Pakistan‘s Punjab province, according to a media report.
Ansar Masih first established contact with the Muslim woman two years ago and their friendship grew with time, Dawn News reported.
They often spoke over phone and Masih would also visit the woman’s neighbourhood to meet her, according to the First Information Report (FIR) signed by Masih’s sister at a Sheikhupura police station.
When the woman’s family learned of the friendship, her father, Manzoor, and her brothers called Masih’s father asking him to tell his son to stay away from the woman, warning them of dire consequences if their instructions were not followed, the FIR stated.
“O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as friends. They are friends of one another. And whoever is a friend to them among you, then indeed, he is of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.” (Qur’an 5:51)
And not only that: Muslim women are forbidden in Islamic law to marry non-Muslim men. So the Muslims who tortured this Christian man believed they were doing the righteous thing before Allah.