Caution: This story may make you sick to your stomach, especially the description of the mutilation of a young Christian boy in Pakistan. The barbarians there are not just trying to burn an 11-year old girl for blasphemy, they’re actually chopping up little kids.
Detectives in Faisalabad, around 60 miles from Lahore, said they were investigating whether accusations of blasphemy had also been made against the boy.
Human rights campaigners condemned the killing of Samuel Yaqoob whose burned and tortured body body was discovered on Eid, the celebration which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.
His lips and nose had been sliced off, his stomach removed and there was evidence that his legs had been mutilated too.
The boy had been missing since Monday when he left his home in the town’s Christian Colony to visit a local market. His relatives identified his body from a distinctive mark on his forehead.
Yaquub was reported to be an orphan but in local newspaper reports his mother Asia Bibi was quoted denying he had been accused of blasphemy. “We neither received any phone call for ransom nor were we told that Samuel had committed blasphemy,” she said.
Could this really be the son of Asia Bibi, a woman accused of blasphemy herself? Last I knew, she was still in jail while appeals are heard of her own death sentence for blasphemy, and her family had gone into hiding. I hope subsequent reports will clear that up.
Things like this leave me feeling very gloomy about our whole species. I simply don’t understand how any human being could actually do something like this. How is it that so much of our species remains so utterly barbaric and cruel that they could mutilate and kill a child who has done nothing to harm them? My mind can’t grasp such hideousness. It just can’t.