The government of Pakistan's most populous province announced an investigation Sunday, March 21, into reports that a Christian man was burned and his wife raped by local police and Muslim religious leaders for refusing to convert to Islam.
"The matter will be investigated and the culprits will be arrested," Punjab's Minister of Law Rana Sanaullah told Worthy News and its news partner BosNewsLife.
Meanwhile, doctors at Punjab's Holy Family Hospital in the city of Rawalpindi warned that their patient, 38-year-old Arshed Masih, would not be able to survive with 80 percent of his body burned.
The officers are also suspected of having raped his wife, 33-year-old Martha Masih, in the police station where the couple was held for questioning, said Police Superintendent Moin Shah. "The victimized family will get justice," he told Worthy News.
The attacks were allegedly instigated by the couple's Muslim employer, businessman Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, because he was upset they refused to embrace Islam.