As Rimsha, the Christian girl with downs syndrome is charged with blasphemy and awaiting justice, another heinous crime has OCCURRED with an 11 year old Pakistani Christian boy.
The child, named Samuel, was the resident of a Christian Colony in Faisalabad, Punjab.
Police have said that the young boy was inhumanly tortured before being killed. On the eve of August 20th 2012, Samuel had headed to the market from his home and not returned. He was last seen by loved ones leaving for the market, unbeknownst to them that this would be the last time they would see their beloved child; he had been missing since that evening.
Relatives have stated that Samuel's body was found near one of the drains of the Christian Colony on Wednesday. His body so marred that his own relatives could barely recognize it; his lips, nose and belly were cut off and his body was ruthlessly burnt --recognizable only from a birthmark on his forehead.
Pakistani police have sent the body for autopsy.
The residents of the Christian Colony along with Samuel’s family have staged a protest, demanding a proper investigation and arrest of the psychopath murderers. Asiya, Samuel’s mother has informed the police that her family had no dispute or enmity with anyone in the area. She said that “we neither received any phone call for ransom nor were we told that Samuel had committed blasphemy”.
The Assistant Sub-Inspector Shafiq Ahmed has stated that police are investigating all aspects of this case. He said Samuels’s father had passed away a few months ago and the family was very poor, thus, ruling out the possibility that he was kidnapped for ransom. “We have not received a complaint of blasphemy. However we are investigating this possibility as well. The autopsy will determine whether or not the boy was sodomized,” Ahmed said.
The killing has come at a time when fear and despair are especially high in the Christian community, just days after Rimsha an 11year old Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome was arrested by police in Islamabad on a Blasphemy charge for allegedly burning 10 pages of the Quran.
Rimsha Masih’s family and dozens of Christians have fled their homes due to threats from local Muslims.
President Asif Ali Zardari directed the Interior Ministry to investigate the incident and to provide protection to Christians.
Will justice be served to this 11 year old Christian boy? Will his killers be arrested? These questions linger unanswered among Christian Communities of Pakistan. This is not the first time a Christian has been brutally murdered, and often these crimes go unmentioned and unreported.
Please take a moment to pray for Samuel and Rimsha's families --and for all Christians in Pakistan.