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Christian Boy Beaten in Mosque After Asking for Water

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A video allegedly showing a Christian boy being beaten by an angry mob after he drank from a water fountain in a mosque has been circulated in Pakistan, according to The Express Tribune. The video purportedly showed the boy screaming in pain as he was beaten with sticks and shoes by worshippers who were incensed that a Christian should have drunk water in “their” mosque.

Christians in Pakistan face serious discrimination. Currently, Christian woman Asia Bibi is on death row awaiting the final conclusion of her widely publicized blasphemy case. She was accused of blasphemy after drinking water from a well and being accused of contaminating it by a Muslim woman.

The Governor of the Punjab, Salman Taseer, was murdered in 2011 by one of his own bodyguards after he spoke out about blasphemy law in Pakistan. His murderer, Mumtaz Qadri, was hanged for murder by the Pakistani state. Thousands of his supporters took to the streets and demonstrated on his behalf.  

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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