In the city of Lahore, Pakistan, as Muslims were on their way to Friday prayers on 10 April, 14-year-old Nauman Masih was brutally attacked and burned by two Muslim radicals after he told them he was a Christian. Sustaining burns on 55% of his body, he died in hospital on the night of 14 April.
Nauman told police that on his way back to the tailor’s where he worked as an apprentice, “two people stopped me, while Muslims were going to their mosques and asked me whether I was from which religion. I told them that I am Christian. They started beating me and when I tried running, both boys started following me through the street and then they threw Kerosene oil on me and burnt me.”
In his statement, Nauman said that some local people from the community threw sand on him to dampen the flames. He was taken to hospital, whereupon Dr Shoaib confirmed that 55% of his body was covered in burns, making it difficult for him to survive.
In November last year, a Christian couple, Shehzad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi, were beaten and burned alive in a brick kiln in a mob attack after a co-worker claimed that she had seen Shama burn pages of the Quran.