The 14-year-old Pakistani Christian boy who was beaten and set on fire by two Muslim men last Friday after answering truthfully that he was a Christian, died Wednesday, due to third degree burns over more than half his body inflicted during the attack.
Christian Post According to prominent Pakistani human rights attorney Sardar Mushtaq Gill, the young boy, Nouman Masih, was walking on his way to a cloth stitching job when he was approached by two Muslim men.
After answering when asked by the men whether he was a Muslim or Christian, the men beat him, chased him down, doused him in kerosene and set him on fire when he told them that he was a Christian. Doctors ruled that Masih’s body was 55 percent burned.
Although doctors thought Masih might be able to survive his burns, Gill told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the hospital did not have the burn treatment facilities needed to treat the severity of Masih’s wounds.
“When he was on his way, two unknown men stopped him and inquired: ‘What is your religion? Are you Christian or Muslim?’ When he said ‘I am Christian,’ they beat him and he tried to save himself. Unfortunately, they chased him and then catch him and get kerosene all on him and set on fire,” Gill explained. “This is the incident and these are all the facts. He, himself, told this to senior police officer and a number of people recorded his statement and I also heard the same words from his mouth.”
Because Masih’s attackers were able to flee the scene unidentified, the actual perpetrators of the attack are unknown.
Interviewer: Gulnar Gull (GG) Advocate High Court
Interviewee: Nouman Masih
Location: Mayo Hospital Lahore
GG: Nouman can you tell me exactly what happened to you?
Nouman: I was going to get some clother over-locked as I am learning tailoring. I was walking alone and as I reached the shop I realized that there is no electricity. So I left the clothes at the shop for over-lock. There were two boys.
GG: Do you know those boys?
Nouman: No, I don’t know them. One was on a Honda 70 bike and one on Pak hero bike.
GG: Were they on two separate bikes?
Nouman: Yes, they asked me, “what is you religion?” I said I am a Christian. After hearing this they started hurling abuses at me and started quarrelling.
GG: What did they say?
Nouman: They asked me who am I and I said I am a Christian. He started abusing me. I also abused them and wasked them why are you abusing me? Then he came forward and threw kerosene oil on me. I kept going ahead. One had thrown oil on me and one lit the matchstick.
GG: Was there no one else around you at that time?
Nouman: No, as you know it was time for Friday Prayer and there is no one around in the streets at that time.
GG: Then what happened? Who brought you to the hospital? How did you save your life?
Nouman: I quickly ran and there was heap of sand nearby. I rolled myself in the sand and the fire was extinguished. The fire died because of the sand. Later boys started throwing sand on me to put off the fire. Then the person from the over-lock shop brought me to Mayo Hospital. My own master Munir brought my father to the hospital. Then I was operated on and my wounds were cleaned and I was able to breathe properly.