Narrating the horrific events that led to the death of his parents, the six-year-old son of the Pakistani Christian couple lynched and burnt to death over alleged blasphemy said his parents were tortured, dragged in the neighborhood tied to a tractor and then thrown in a kiln.
Tribune Sajjad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi – brick kiln workers from Chak-59 of Kot Radha Kishan, Kasur – were brutally killed on November 4 for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran. Speaking to Express News after a prayer ceremony held for his parents, the son said the mob attacked their house and beat up his parent before tying them to a tractor and dragging them around in the area. According to his account, the couple was then thrown in the furnace.
Father of Shama, who had been taking care of the children since the incident, said he fears for his and his grandchildren’s lives and is changing locations for safety reasons. Calling for public execution of his daughter’s murderers, the father said strict action should be taken against the culprits. Since the incident took place, police have arrested 40 suspects, however, the main accused is still at large.
Rufin Anthony, the bishop of Islamabad, has denounced the culpable silence of Muslim leaders who have failed to forcefully condemn what is being called “the worst religiously motivated hate crime in Pakistan’s history.”
Summary executions of religious minorities accused of blasphemy in Pakistan has met with complacency and even approval, says Anthony. “In the past,” he said, when vigilantes have taken the law into their own hands, “religious leaders have carefully refrained from expressing words of condemnation. In fact, they have practically encouraged personal vendettas.”