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Christian women tortured for alleged blasphemy in Lahore

By Ernest Dempsey     Jan 17, 2011 in World
Lahore - More Christians have been victimized by Muslim neighbors for alleged blasphemy in Lahore, Punjab province, an incident where the women were paraded on donkeys to humiliate them.
Two Christian women were beaten and put to public insult by a group of Muslims in Lahore, Punjab province, on Wednesday January 12, 2011.
The story goes that Zahira, sister of Zahid – a Christian man converted to Islam to marry a Muslim woman Amina – had an argument with her sister-in-law Amina on Tuesday night. The matter was settled at that time within the house. The next morning, when Zahid was out for work, Amina went out into the street and started shouting that Zahira had committed blasphemy by abusing Prophet Mohammad.
Soon after this, groups of men and women raided Zahid’s house and started beating Zahira without allowing her any chance to speak or clarify what the matter was. The leader of this torture squad, according to news sources, is said to be one named Muhammad Sameer, who belongs to the same religious group as that of Mumtaz Qadri, killer of Punjab’s ex-governor Salman Taseer early this month.
The angry mob not only beat Zahira but also tortured her mother who was present there. The gang took the women out and publicly humiliated them. No one but a social worker named Zameer Khan came to their rescue. He asked the public if anybody had heard any blasphemous words being uttered by any of the women. No one could claim they did. This allowed Zameer a chance to convince the attackers for letting the Christian women go and not involve the police to file charges against the victims.
The tortured women are said to have been relocated to some temporary shelter.
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