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A candlelight vigil has been planned for Sharoon Masih, a 17-year-old Christian student in Pakistan who was beaten to death by Muslim classmates in late August. According to reports, Maish was beaten because he used a water cooler that was allegedly for Muslims only. This brutal murder has sent shock waves across Pakistan with members of Pakistan’s National Assembly discussing how to avoid similar incidents in the future. Discrimination against Christians in Pakistan is widespread as members of the Christian community are associated with low casters. 

09/15/2017 Pakistan (Christian Post) – As Christians in Australia prepare to hold a candlelight vigil on Friday for Sharoon Masih, the 17-year-old Pakistani boy who was killed for his faith in August by his Muslim classmates, details about the case have revealed that he was called a “filthy Christian” and a “demon” by students.

“On his first-day, Sharoon was slapped and told to stand outside the class for an entire day for not wearing the school uniform. His parents say he didn’t wear the uniform because they simply didn’t have the money to buy it,” the British Pakistani Christian Association reports.

“As he was beaten he was called a ‘filthy Christian,’ a ‘demon’ and a chura (a derogatory word for Christians). The insults continued until his last breath, literally. For days Muslim pupils refused Sharoon access to drinking water from a cooler,” it added.

“None of the school staff took Sharoon to the hospital [but] some pupils took his dead body some hours later.”

The boy was beaten to death by a number of students on Aug. 27, his fourth day at the MC Model Boys Government High School in the Vehari area in Punjab.

The BPCA announced that the candlelight vigil will take place at the parliament of New South Wales on Friday, and is also using the occasion to highlight the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.

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