Seventeen-year-old Sharoon Masih faced discrimination, ridicule, and ultimately physical violence which led to his death. Sharoon was singled out by his fellow students because of his Christian faith.
The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) reports on what Sharoon endured: “On his first-day, Sharoon was slapped and told to stand outside the class for an entire day for not wearing the school uniform. His parents say he didn’t wear the uniform because they simply didn’t have the money to buy it.”
Sharoon was also called a “filthy Christian,” a “demon,” and a “chura,” which is a derogatory word for Christians in Pakistan. Sharoon’s classmates also refused to allow him any access to water while he was at school. Then, one day, they beat him unconscious, and he died.
“None of the school staff took Sharoon to the hospital [but] some pupils took his dead body some hours later,” reported the BPCA.
A candlelight vigil will be held for Sharoon in New South Wales, Australia. The vigil will also raise awareness of Christian persecution in Pakistan.
Sharoon’s mother said he was “a kind-hearted, hard-working and affable boy.”