Muhammad Rizwan Gujjar poured kerosene on 25-year-old Asma Yaqoob and set her on fire on April 17th, resulting in burns on 80 percent of her body, sources said.
Morning Star News She and her father, Yaqoob Masih, and her brother Maqsood were at the house where she worked as a domestic worker for Saeeduz Zaman in the Mohalla Pakpura area when the attack took place, according to a police report.
“We were sitting in a room when there was a knock on the front gate,” he said. “Asma went out to see who had come, when after some time we heard her screaming in pain. Zaman, Maqsood and I rushed outside to see what had happened and saw the accused Rizwan Gujjar fleeing from the scene while Asma was engulfed in flames.”
At Sialkot Civil Hospital, Asma Yaqoob told them that Gujjar had been pressuring her to marry him for some time, but that she had turned him down because she did not want to recant her Christian faith, Masih stated in the FIR.
Asma Yaqoob’s mother, Parveen Akhtar, told Morning Star News that her daughter had previously complained of Gujjar insisting that she convert to Islam and marry him, and that he issued the demand again at Zaman’s house.
“Asma told us that on the night of the attack, Gujjar had come to Zaman’s house and told her that she has no other choice but to renounce her faith and marry him in court the next morning,” Akhtar said. “My daughter refused, upon which he emptied a bottle of petrol on her body and set her alight.”
Police have arrested Gujjar, and he has confessed to killing the Christian woman, attorney Riaz Anjum of the Pakistan Center for Law and Justice (PCLJ) told Morning Star News, though published (fake news) reports in Pakistan cited police saying Gujjar claimed she caught fire on accident.
Christian rights activist Napolean Qayyum said, “The brave girl belongs to a very poor family, yet she refused attempts to forcibly convert her to Islam.” “It’s a good thing that the police not only arrested the accused but also managed to elicit a confession from him – in most cases we have seen, the police facilitate the accused when it comes to matters involving girls belonging to minority faiths.”
As an example, Qayyum said that a 13-year-old Christian girl was raped on April 11 by a local Muslim in the Sharaqpur area. Three young Muslim men stood guard while another identified only as Shehryar raped her, but the three alleged accomplices were not even named in the FIR, Qayyum said.
This is a common practice in Pakistan and not just with Christian girls. Sikh and Hindu girls are also forced to convert and marry Muslims, especially if they are from poor families.