DHAREMA, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A Christian schoolgirl in Pakistan’s Punjab province was recovering Sunday, October 11, after she was allegedly “ruthlessly beaten” with a bamboo stick by a Muslim headteacher for saying she is “a Pakistani” citizen.
The bedridden Nadia Iftikhar, 11, told BosNewsLife she was seriously injured when the teacher of the local evening coaching school ‘Bright Future Academy’ in the town of Dharema got angry because she challenged her views on Islam.
“Our teacher was teaching us about the culture of Pakistan and Pakistani people and quoted a sentence from the text book saying ‘We are Pakistani and all of us are Muslims’,” the girl recalled. “At this point I interrupted and said: “Madam, I am also a Pakistani, but not a Muslim instead I am a Christian.”
The teacher, identified as Humaira Hassa, “got furious and grabbed a bamboo stick and started thrashing in a barbarian way and kept saying all Pakistanis are Muslim, you are not a Pakistani but a Christian,” the girl said. “Your home land is some where in Europe or America,” the teacher allegedly said.
Nadia added showed scars of the wounds at her back. Classmates said the girl briefly became unconscious, but was eventually brought home. The teacher could not be reached for comment.
The girl’s father, Iftikhar Masih, 45 said he did not went to local police. “I am an impoverished Christian man and am busy working for a daily wage to feed my family.”
Local Christians in Punjab province have also complained of police complicity in attacks against Christian believers. “However I have taken her to the doctor and and we believe that her injuries will be healed and she will be able to return to her school.”
It was not immediately clear whether the 6th grade girl would be welcomed again by the Bright Future Academy where she said she has been studying for three years….