Sharoon Masih from the Vehari District in the Punjab is said to have suffered years of institutional peer bullying and discrimination because of his faith.
Coming from a poor background, his parents saved up to pay for his education at MC Model Boys Government High School Burewala and District Vehari.
The only Christian in his class, Sharoon was regularly called derogatory names and threatened. He died in the classroom after reportedly being attacked by a mob.
The school’s head teacher has since been dismissed, and the prime suspect has been arrested.
Speaking to the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), his mother Razia Bibi, said: “My son was a kind-hearted, hard-working and affable boy. He has always been loved by teachers and pupils alike and shared great sorrow that he was being targeted by students at his new school because of his faith.
“Sharoon and I cried every night as he described the daily torture he was subjected to. He only told me about the abuse and violence he was facing. He did not want to upset his father because he had such a caring heart for others.” The BPCA is now offering financial assistance to Sharoon’s family.
Sources: Premier, International Christian Concern
- Thank the Lord for the extraordinary faithfulness of this young man who stood firm in his faith, though faced with lengthy opposition. Pray the Lord will use his testimony to strengthen the faith of other Christians in Pakistan.
- Pray the family will be comforted by our Lord, may they take heart in the knowledge Sharoon is now with Him.
- Pray for justice for this family. Pray the church throughout Pakistan may be strengthened by God.