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Civil society protested lynching and burning a Christian couple, Islamabad

06-11-2014
Islamabad

Civil society protested lynching and burning a Christian couple

Civil society and human rights groups held protest demonstration in front of the National Press Club to condemn the lynching and burning of a Christian couple in a Kot Radha Kishan, Kasur District, allegedly over blasphemy.  The demonstration was organized under Insani Haqooq Ittehad (IHI), the human rights coalition of CSOs and committed individuals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Twenty-eight years old Shahzad Masih and his five-month-pregnant wife Shama Masih, 24, were brutally tortured by a enraged mob before they were set ablaze at a brick kiln near Chak No.59 early Tuesday.

Reportedly, the couple had got Rs.200,000 in advance from the kiln owner.  They wanted to quit the bonded labour but they had no money to repay the owner before leaving the job.  Infuriated kiln owner locked the couple, blamed them of blasphemy and instigated the prayer leader and public to take revenge.