On April 10, two young Muslims in Lahore assaulted and set fire to a 14-year-old boy after they discovered he was Christian. They were on their way to mosque for Friday prayers when they happened upon the Christian youth, known only as Nauman. They forced him to stop and asked him which religion he followed. When he confessed his Christian faith they immediately began pounding on him and then set him on fire. Currently being treated in a hospital, Nauman has burns covering more than 55 percent of his body. In the Christian youth’s own words:
I told them that I am Christian. They started beating me, when I tried running, both boys started following me through the street and then they threw Kerosene on me and burnt me. I kept on running when a heap of sand came my way, I lied down on the sand … [A] few people from the community … [extinguished] fire by putting sand on me. I became unconscious, and they called 1122 Emergency medical helpline and called [for] an ambulance.
Update: On April 14, Nauman died mysteriously in the hospital.