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Sharoon Masih, a Christian school boy from the Vehari District of Pakistan’s Punjab Province, was killed after years of bullying and discrimination. According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, Masih was killed in the classroom when he was attacked by a mob. The head teacher at  MC Model Boys Government High School Burewala has been dismissed as a result of the death. Christians in Pakistan face widespread discrimination and, at times, outright persecution. Will Pakistan continue to allow incidents such as this go unpunished because of the religious identity of the victim? 

09/05/2017 Pakistan (Premier) – It’s reported a highly academic Christian teenager has been killed in his classroom in Pakistan.

Sharoon Masih from the Vehari District in the Punjab is said to have suffered years of institutional peer bullying and discrimination because of his faith.

Coming from a poor background, his parents saved up to pay for his education at MC Model Boys Government High School Burewala and District Vehari.

The only Christian in his class, Sharoon was regularly called derogatory names and threatened.

He died in the classroom after reportedly being attacked by a mob.

The school’s head teacher has since been dismissed, and the prime suspect has been arrested.

Speaking to the British Paskistani Christian Association (BPCA), his mother Razia Bibi, said: “My son was a kind-hearted, hard-working and affable boy. He has always been loved by teachers and pupils alike and shared great sorrow that he was being targeted by students at his new school because of his faith.

“Sharoon and I cried every night as he described the daily torture he was subjected to. He only told me about the abuse and violence he was facing. He did not want to upset his father because he had such a caring heart for others.”

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