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Opened on November 15, 2015
 

We the undersigned petition the Pakistani Government to ensure their education system is free and fair for all.   We call for the following:

  • A national curriculum that does not demonize or caricature minorities but values their contribution to the formation and development of Pakistan.
  • A stop to bullying and harassment of minorities and attempts to coerce by attrition.
  • Equal access to toilet and drinking water facilities and a crackdown on all pupils, teachers and senior staff who might endorse untouchable status for minorities (click here).
  • Improved gender equality in educational establishments.
  • Removal of Islamic studies as a mandatory subject and implementation of a broader religious studies course.
  • Removal of extra credit system for applicants who have learnt sections of the Quran.
  • Protection against blasphemy allegations for all students (click here).
  • Protect Christian head teachers and other staff from bullying harassment and violence from Muslim colleagues (click here).

We also call on the British and American Governments to use their foreign aid budgets to lever change in Pakistan's educational pierformance and improve the existing 7% literacy rate.

Petition by Wilson Chowdhry

www.britishpakistanichristians.org

8 year old girl beaten and locked in her school washrooms for daring to use toilet meant for Muslim girls only!   

Young Sara, a torture victim at only 8 years old, pictured with her mother. 

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The untouchable status of Christians in Pakistan became very apparent in recent days when an 8 year old girl, Sara Bibi, was scolded, beaten and locked in school washrooms allegedly by her head teacher in a fit of rage that a 'kaffir' (infidel) Christian dared to use the same toilet as Muslims.

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Sara Bibi, the youngest of five siblings, has now been excluded from Government Girls Primary School in Samundari near Faisalabad, Punjab, where she was a year 3 pupil. 

Reports suggest the innocent girl was accused by other classmates who had been offended by the actions of a 'choora' Christian who had polluted their toilets, highlighting how the hatred towards Christians is cemented into young minds at a very nascent phase. This pariah status of Christians is prevalent in Pakistan.    

Headmistress of the school, Zahida Rana has been accused of locking Sara in the bathroom, the principal then shouted aggressively at her : “You are a Christian, an infidel. How dare you use the same toilet as Muslim girls?

Despite vigorously pleading her innocence Sara was beaten and only released from the washroom 3 hours later at the end of the school day, much to the chagrin of her family. 

Local Christians have strongly condemned principal’s 'inhuman behaviour' 

After Senator Sherry Rehman highlighted the incident during a session in the Senate of Pakistan, Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Senator Raza Rabbani ordered an inquiry into the attack but few humanitarians in Pakistan believe much will come of the enquiry, as previous similar responses have had little affect.  

Leader of the House Raja Muhammad Zafarul told the House that he had received an initial report regarding the incident. He said that the report failed to satisfy him and so he directed the Executive District Officer to meet the Christian girl and her parents himself and then report back to him. 

A local police official, Muhammad Afzal, said they had not received a complaint but that action would be taken if a grievance were filed. Thus far no corrective action has been taken. 

     

As is usual in such situations the family have gone into hiding after several threats that a blasphemy allegation would be laid against them.  Our BPCA officers have met with the family on Monday 15th November.  They also visited the local how we could help.  In the meanwhile we ask for Christian brothers and sisters to pray for the family.  The family require financial support to help with their current relocation whilst in hiding, due to them receiving several threats. Until it is known how the government and the school will respond to the attack we will not help the family initiate a legal challenge for justice, however we call for Christian prayers into this situation.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA, said:

"We are often asked why Christians are so illiterate with only 7% attaining an adequate level of literacy.  Where here you have a prime example of the bullying, harassment and violence young Christians face daily.  This hatred is top down and throughout educational establishments and leaves Christians demoralised and subjugated. This alarming situation is exacerbated with a figure of 700 Christian girls abducted, raped and forced into Islamic marriage per year, the majority of whom are kidnapped after school after joining Muslim girls on a trip out.  The national curriculum fuels the hatred towards minorities, by caricaturing and demonising minorities. Under such hostility what chance is there for minorities to educate their next generation?"

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Please give what you can to help Sara and other Christians suffering persecution in Pakistan. Your gift can be sent using these bank details:Payee: BPCA Sort Code: 20-44-22Account number: 43163318Bank: Barclays Ref: Love for Sara Bibi For international donations please use these details:IBAN: GB62 BARC 20442243163318 SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22 Alternatively you can use the credit card/PayPal facility on the top right hand corner of our blog, our PayPal email address is [email protected] Cheques should be made payable to the BPCA to our address: 57 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1XG. BRITISH PAKISTANI CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION is a trading name for BRITISH PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS LTD which is a charity entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1163363Thank you. With your support we hope to change the lives of millions of Pakistani Christians.

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