Two young Muslims have put a 14-year-old Pakistani boy in hospital with burns to 55 percent of his body after they set him on fire because he is a Christian.
The teenager from Lahore in Punjab province Pakistan, who has been identified only as Nuaman, had just left a local shop when he was beaten and burnt with Kerosene.
The boy, who is now being treated at Mayo Hospital in Lahore, described how he was approached by the two Muslim youths as they left Friday prayers at their local mosque.
They asked him what his religion was and then, when he replied he was a Christian, they started beating him.
Nuaman tired to escaped but as he fled the two other boys poured Kerosene on him and set him on fire.
He said he ran – still on fire – until he reached a mound of sand which he rolled around in. Nuaman said some members of his local community helped him put out his burning clothes by pouring more sand on top of him, Breitbart news network reported.
The 14-year-old, who lives with his uncle, has said he did not know who had attacked him but said he would be able to identify the assailants if he saw them again.
Three weeks ago in Pakistan, in the country’s Sheikhupura District, a 17-year-old Christian narrowly escaped with his life following a similar religiously motivated attack.
Sunny Masih was seized by a Muslim mob, beaten and thrown in a flaming kiln. He also suffered severe and extensive burns in the incident.