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Pakistan: Muslims Proud of Beating Christians

ICC Note

The Muslim mob assaulted and publicly humiliated the Christian women after false allegation of blasphemy. The Christian women and their families are now in hiding.

01/15/2011 Pakistan (Spero News)-Two Christian women were beaten and publicly humiliated in Pakistan by an angry mob Mob over accusations of blasphemy. According to local media reports, the two women and their families are now in hiding for fear of being killed.

According to Pakistani daily, The Express Tribune, a male member of the family said over the telephone, “None of our relatives is ready to let us stay with them. They fear the wrath of the extremists, particularly after the assassination of Salmaan Taseer.” Taseer was a member of the Pakistani government recently assassinated for having advocated clemency for those accused of violating Islamic religious law. His assassin, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, has been widely celebrated by Islamic religious leaders in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world for his deed.

According to the family, the allegations stem from a dispute between Amina, a Muslim, and her sister-in-law Zahira, a Christian, in an East Lahore locality. The two got into an argument on January 11. While the disagreement appeared to have been settled, on January 12, after her husband Zahid had gone to work, Amina walked out onto the street and started shouting that Zahira had defamed Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

A short while later, a group of men led by Muhammad Sameer, a member of an Islamic religious organization, forced their way into the house and started beating Zahira, said another of her brothers, Sohail. “Other men and women from the neighbourhood started gathering at the house too and they beat up my sister and mother. They were the only people in the house,” he said.  Khadim Hazoor, Sameer’s son-in-law and another participant in the beating, said that the women’s faces are now black and blue. They were also forced to wear necklaces of shoes and paraded on donkeys to humiliate them. He said the women denied blaspheming and repeatedly touched their feet begging for mercy.

“We tried our best to get her to confess her crime,” Sameer told the press. As a member of an Islamic religious organization, he said he could not tolerate any defamation of his namesake. He belongs to the same organization as the assassin Qadri.

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