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Justice for Arslan

Justice for Arslan

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Opened on October 10, 2017
 

A Christian teenager of only 15 years was beaten to death by a group of six Policemen in a village called Jabbran district in Sheikhupura, Punjab, Pakistan. Arslan Masih was an 8th grader at Government High School when two days ago he got into a fight at his school, with a Muslim boy whose uncle was a police officer.  The fight was triggered because of the bullying and abuse the Muslim boy and his friends were directing towards Arslan.  Arslan won the fight and thought that would be the end of his bullying as he had beaten the key instigator of the attacks on him, however he was mistaken. On 9th October after hearing about the fight the Muslim boy's uncle Constable Sardar Bilu arrived at Arslan's school with five other policemen.  The policemen confronted him about the altercation and asked how a Christian boy could dare to fight with a Muslim. Arslan apologised and asked for forgiveness, however the police did not accept his apology. Officers participating in this incident include Sub Inspector Imtiaz Constable Rashid, Constable Arshad,  Volunteer Robin, and Volunteer Tanveer. The policeman began forcing Arslan to leave the school grounds and go to the Police station with them, even though no crime had been committed.   Seeing the frightened boy being manhandled by police officers, an academy teacher Farhan Ali tried to intervene.  However the teacher became the recipient of a tirade of abuse and was slapped several times.  Brave Arslan at this point tried to stop the teacher getting beaten but in intervening became the target of the beatings.  However he was beaten with lathis (long wooden truncheon) and the butts of the policemen's guns. The brutal beating which was undertaken before students and teachers rendered Arslan unconcious by the time he was taken to Babar Medical Clinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival.   We petition the Pakistani Governemnent to ensure a full and proper investigation takes place and justice is served to the family of Arslan Masih.

We demand a review of current policing protocol and practice and for changes to be introduced that improve the quality of extremely poor policing services.

British Pakistani Christian Association have initiated an appeal to help the family with legal costs to pursue justice.  If you would like to donate please (click here)

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