A young Christian woman, 17, who worked as a maid for a Muslim family in Pakistan, was murdered on 6 May 2018, ‘for not cleaning the house properly’.
Kainat Masih came from a poor Christian family in Gujranwala, Punjab. Her father, Salamat, went to the house where she worked to meet her on the day in question, only to witness her employer and his wife, along with two other men and a woman, assaulting her.
He later described to police how that they were holding down Kainat’s arms and legs and had tied a rope around her neck and were attempting to strangle her. Salamat begged them not to kill his daughter, but they ignored his pleas and Kainat was killed in front of him. The murder is under investigation by police in Gujranwala, but no arrests have been made.
Most Pakistani Christians live in poverty, confined to menial jobs and vulnerable to abuse and false accusation by employers. In 2015, a Christian mother working in the house of a local Muslim family in Lahore was beaten by her employer and police officers after denying accusations that she had stolen money and some gold.
She was left with a broken leg and hand, and her 20-year-old son was later taken away and beaten to death in police custody. Chris Philip MP called on the UK government in May 2018 to do more to help persecuted Christians around the world and to make aid to Pakistan conditional on ‘blasphemy’ law reform.