In Karachi, a disturbing event has led to a public outcry and demands for a thorough investigation. Irfan Masih, a 40-year-old Christian man from Azam Town, Mahmoudabad, tragically died while in police custody. His arrest on January 18, 2024, followed allegations by his mother-in-law of a serious crime against his own daughter, Uzma, aged 12. Family and activists claim Masih endured physical and mental torture during his three-day detainment, leading to his mysterious death on January 21.

The police’s claim that Masih committed suicide is met with skepticism, especially since no autopsy was performed and his body was quickly handed over for burial. This has raised suspicions about police conduct and the treatment of minorities by the justice system. Community leaders are demanding a judicial inquiry, asserting that the accusations against Masih were unfounded and a grave injustice.

Gulfam Masih, Irfan’s brother, shares a personal perspective, highlighting the peaceful nature of Irfan and the lack of any evidence of abuse against Uzma. This incident has left Irfan’s two children orphaned and brought to light broader concerns about the treatment of minorities in legal matters. The community’s demand for a transparent investigation is seen as a test of the country’s commitment to justice for all its citizens, irrespective of their religious beliefs.