Zeeshan Masih was murdered after being sodomized, on August 23, 2016. His dead body was found hanging in a tree in Gosh Nagar, Faisalabad. Forensic reports confirm that the boy had been sexually abused before being murdered. Some witnesses had implicated two men. However, the police is trying to mar the facts of the case.
Christian charity and advocacy group British Pakistani Christian Association approached the family of the victim, and carried out independent investigations into the incident. In line with details, Zeeshan Masih had gone out to buy a soft drink, and never returned home. His dead body was later found hanging to a tree. Initially, local police had registered his death as natural.
Saleem Waraich, Deputy Superintendent of Sadar Police constabulary, stated that Zeeshan Masih died of a heart attack; induced by drinking a soft drink after eating fruit. Nonetheless, despite forensic evidence police are trying to deface the facts surrounding the crime.
BPCA representative Kanwal Amar met with the concerned police officials and with the victim’s family. Ensuing pressure from BPCA, the local police authorities agreed to register an FIR including charges of sexual abuse and murder. Senior House Officer (SHO Farooq Ranja) and DSP Saleem Warraich have assured BPCA representative that an FIR will be filed following the DNA report.
In this regard, Kanwal Amar stated: “This family are deeply traumatized. They have lost a son to an extremely heinous crime and the chance for them to get justice is limited. The manner in which police officers have attempted to camouflage this crime has hurt and angered them. They are calling for an independent inquiry into the handling of their son’s death.”
Chairman of British Pakistani Christians Association Wilson Chowdhry stated: “The brutal nature of the crimes inflicted on Christians in Pakistan is the product of their vulnerability and the warped minds that breed in the nation. The levels of rape, sodomy and murder in Pakistan are reaching unprecedented levels.”
“Christians and other minorities are a natural target as they are disenfranchised by the country’s laws and statutes, which confer second-class citizenship upon them. In the main Christians are poor, illiterate and hold a pariah status culminating in an ineffectual response from statutory authorities when help is needed, who deem them worthless.”
“No amount of laws can ever change a deeply entrenched community mindset that believes Christians are anathema so crimes like this will continue and justice will fail time after time.”