Australia: Candle light vigil held for Pakistani Christian student lynched by classmate

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A candle light vigil was held for Pakistani Christian student who was lynched for being a Christian. On August 27, 17-year-old Sharoon Masih was brutally killed by his classmate for drinking water from the same glass used by other students.

Pakistani Christian student killed in school

Following the tragic death of the Pakistani Christian teen, Christians in Australia held a special prayer and candle light vigil in his memory. At the same time they urged their government to exert pressure on Pakistan government to analyze the deteriorating situation of human rights in the country.

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Sharoon Masih was an outstanding student, and studies at a school in Chak 461-EB up to class 8. His poverty-stricken father paid for the admission for Sharoon to join MC Model Boys Government High School in Burewala, Vehari District.

The candle light vigil was held at Concord Community Centre. This vigil was also attended by Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman British Pakistani Christian Association. BPCA Chairman detailed the incident to those present highlighting the plight of the deceased’s family.

BPCA revealed that Sharoon Masih’s family is being pressurized to withdraw their complaint against the murderer and accomplices.”The brutal killing of this young man who had the potential to be a great success is heart-breaking. Through no fault of his own he was targeted for abuse and violence for adherence to the Christian faith. Hatred towards religious minorities is bred into the majority population at a young age, through cultural norms and a biased national curriculum. Is it any wonder they are they are a constant target for persecution?

“Our Candlelight vigil will allow people of good conscience to mourn for the loss of Martyr Sharoon Masih, who held onto his faith despite knowing it meant he would suffer and ultimately lose his life,” Wilson Chowdhry said.

Highlighting minimum chances of escape for Pakistani Christians, he said: “Despite evidence of persecution in Pakistan most countries in the West risk assess Pakistani Christians as severely discriminated and not persecuted. This makes it almost impossible for them to escape the country and free themselves from the yoke of persecution.”