Christian Man Tortured In Front of Wife

Shafaqat-21On 21st July 2013, a crippled Christian man, Shafaqat Emmanuel, and his wife, Shagufta Kausar, were arrested in Gojra District for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to local Muslims. Police registered the FIR 407/13 under sections 295-B and 295-C. Complainants Muhmmad Hussain and Anwar Mansoor Goraya, Tehsil Bar Association president, alleged they received the blasphemous text messages from the number registered on Shagufta Kausar’s name.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of Gojra City Police Station, Mr. Muhammad Nasir, said:

“The police had verified that the SIM used to send the blasphemous text messages was registered in Shagufta’s name whereas her husband admitted to use her phone to send the messages to Hussain”

However, Shagufta told the police that they had lost the cell phone a month earlier. She denied the charges but police started 3rd degree torture on Shafaqat Masih, who is crippled and physically challenged. They tortured him in front of his wife and four children. Police forced him to confess to the charges or implicate others. Otherwise, they would start torturing his wife Shagufta. Then Shafaqat admitted that he had sent the messages, whereas when our lawyers visited Shafaqat Emmanuel, he denied the charges and stated:

“There is no man who can stand to see his wife being tortured by police, so to save my wife, I confessed.”

He further told the our legal team that:

“When we lost the phone and the SIM, I visited the nearby mobile shop many times to block our mobile SIM.”

According to our investigation, police confirmed Shafaqat’s statement with the mobile shop. The shop owner says that he came twice to block his SIM card.

Even after knowing the facts — that the couple had lost their cell phone and SIM card — police still registered an FIR against the crippled man and his uneducated wife.

Shagufta was working in “St. John Cathedral School” as a maid. She was the only working hand in the family, as Shafaqat Emmanuel was in a wheelchair due to a firearm injury that paralyzed his lower body. The couple has four children – Zain (12), Danish (10), Joshua (8), and Sara (6).

Banner in Gojra: “The Only punishment for the blasphemer; Cut his head from the body. Life in prison is not acceptable… not acceptable… not acceptable.” Banner in Gojra: “The Only punishment for the blasphemer; Cut his head from the body. Life in prison is not acceptable… not acceptable… not acceptable.”

Local Cleric Pressure

According to the police authority, Muslim clerics, local lawyers and a Bar official were so furious that they remained in the police station until the FIR was written. Gojra is a religiously volatile city where a week ago a young Christian man was sentenced to life in prison on the same charges. On July 13th, Sajjad Masih, a Christian, was sent to jail for life for the same sort of text messages case. The city police of Gojra – in association with some fundamentalist Muslims – beat Masih. The case was sent to the court of Mian Shahzad Raza, Additional Session Judge Gojra, for trial. However, Muslims failed to prove the charges against Sajjad Masih. Even then the Additional Session Judge Shahzad Raza sentenced him to life in prison.

Earlier in 2009, radical Muslims set the Christian colony ablaze and eight family members were burned alive. The fire was started from the Korian Village, District Toba Tek Singh and hundreds of houses were turned to ashes there. Many families left their houses and shifted to other areas of the country; some fled from Pakistan.

The area is known as a house of the banned militant organization, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. It was reported earlier that the local government is backing up this organization.

We have not been able to understand the situation with the Pakistani courts; the text message/SIM is taken as sole evidence against the accused of in the blasphemy case, whereas the DNA test report, which is an authentic proof against rape, is not acceptable according to the Islamic Sharia law.

Banner in Gojra City: “Immediately Hang the Blasphemer and revoke the lifetime imprisonment. Oh ruler, act sanely.” Banner in Gojra City: “Immediately Hang the Blasphemer and revoke the lifetime imprisonment. Oh ruler, act sanely.”

Role of Christian NGOs and Churches

Christian NGOs and churches played the usual role during the past week. It has been observed that some of the NGO workers have been struggling to generate interest in this case. We hope everyone remembers what happened when the recent incident of Joseph Colony occurred in Lahore. Every man working on persecution was fighting for Sawan Masih. It has even been said that one well-known activist has paid huge money to get pictures with Sawan Masih and his family. This has become a practice of many Christian NGOs in such cases instead of working together to help these persecuted Christians.

Since 21st July, 2013 our team has been working on the ground with the family. We have observed that instead of doing something, the Church is again silent. Protestant, and Evangelical Bishops receive billions of dollars from their sister churches and Christian organizations, but they spend those funds for their self-promotions and luxurious lifestyles. Pakistani Bishops have luxury homes in the U.K., France, the U.S., and Denmark, whereas the communities for whom these donations are received are living in the slum areas. Even non-profit organizations – NGOs funded for charitable programs – spend millions of rupees for their personal promotions and for luxuries rather than doing something for the victims.

We felt the need to write something about the role of the cruelties of one greedy, religious leader in particular, but for some reason, our team working on the ground stopped us from doing so at this stage. We will soon uncover the story behind the closed doors and how our leaders play with such persecuted victims.

Our team is defending the persecuted couple and has already given shelter to the four children and their grandfather, Emmanuel Masih. We hope that soon we will be able to get justice for this persecuted couple.

We request you again please keep the couple and their children in your prayers.

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  • e meadley

    Would like to know what country this occurred in. Preferably in the first sentence.

    • tim


      • e meadley

        Thanks Tim, I appreciate your response.

        My comment was actually directed toward the author; I assume there are other readers who would like this basic information included in future articles without the need to look it up.

        • Waiting

          He did write that some had “fled from Pakistan” and told of not understanding the workings of “Pakistani Courts” and “Pakistani Bishops” not helping those being persecuted. He also mentioned an example from “Lahore” which is a city often heard in discussions of Pakistan (in the news) in this country.
          I submit that the very last sentence bears the most weight, not the country of the victims.

  • Wheel

    pakistan. instead of being a smart alike, you could have simply googled “Gojra district”. just some advice. God bless

  • crossbow87

    Well, since “justice” is not achievable within Shari’a law, how about Christians start arming themselves.

  • Vivienne

    We all need to arm ourselves against muslim aggressors.

    • Knize10

      Baseball bats are quite effective.

      • MarilynA

        They aren’t gong to get close enough to me for a baseball bat to do me any good.

  • Diogenes

    Muhammad was a demon-possessed pedophile and was not a prophet.

  • jack_foobar

    Just an FYI, this is why the Catholics killed Jews, Christians, Animals, Plants, and of course Muslims when they burned the Islamic World to ash. All of these people sitting on their hands are paying jizya to fund killing other Christians, Jews, Animals, and Plants. So they killed them all- and it worked.

  • herb benty

    A Christian “Satan” could not be more accurately described than as “allah”, and muslims as demons.The religion of insane horror continues. Lord Jesus, comfort these lambs as they try to live among wolves.

  • Arizona

    THE SILENCE from the churchs in america and the rest of the world,HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED,our dear father YAHUHEW,has noiticed their lack of care and no fruit on their trees,and what fruit there was ,was all rotten,their in deep s**ht with our dear lord and allowing other christians to be killed and not say anything……OH man,they’ll be wishing they had done a lot more to stop this………..even the homeless are being killed and tortured in america ,and they are still silent………..

  • Sueychop

    Allah was the demon moon god of the bedouin desert nomads before islam. The Kaaba holds a meteorite that fell from the sky in pre-islamic times. It is a pagan shrine. Allah u ahkbar means “The devil god Allah is the greatest god.”

    Hint: He isn’t.

  • W_R_Monger

    In the eyes of all muzzies worldwide all infidels are guilty of something they just have to come up with a lie that will fit their current situation which will bring results whereas they can “legally”, legal according to sharia, steal all of the infidel’s possessions (to include his wife and any daughters he may have). This disease must be hunted down and eradicated with the utmost extreme prejudice. This is a fight not only for our lives but for our very Souls. Genocide only happens when one side is given no choice in their death and the death of their people/culture, this is the reasoning of the muzzies (infidels are given a choice, convert or die). We need to take a page out of their book, give up islam or die. It’s not genocide, it’s a choice and the only way for everyone else in this world to survive is to eliminate the ONE cult that routinely persecutes ALL others. It’s not genocide if we give them a choice, isn’t that how they see it?