Faisalabad bullying case: Boy killed classmate over ‘homophobic slur’

Published: November 6, 2011
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Rizwan Ahmed has been sent to juvenile jail on a 14-day judicial remand for beating Ahsan to death.

Rizwan Ahmed has been sent to juvenile jail on a 14-day judicial remand for beating Ahsan to death.

FAISALABAD: 

A seventh-grade student was sent to a juvenile jail in Faisalabad on Saturday after confessing to the fatal beating of his classmate. Rizwan Ahmad, 12, admitted to the crime, saying he did it in response to homophobic slurs uttered against him.

Judicial Magistrate Chiniot Sheikh Maqsood Ahmad has sent Rizwan to Borstal Jail Faisalabad on a 14-day judicial remand on the charge of killing Muhammad Ahsan on Friday.

According to reports, Ahsan was continuously bullied by Rizwan and his uncle Zafar, who also happened to be the physical training instructor of their school, the Government High School in Chiniot district.

According to Ahsan’s father Sarfraz, his son was a bright student and was admired by his fellow students and teachers. He added that, out of envy, Rizwan repeatedly tortured Ahsan, in connivance with his uncle. Zafar would often reprimand and bully Ahsan on arbitrary pretexts in school, Sarfraz had alleged.

Rizwan, on the contrary, claimed he was subjected to verbal abuse at the hands of Ahsan, which ‘built up resentment and caused depression’. Investigation Officer (IO) sub inspector Yar Muhammad told to the court that Rizwan claimed the deceased would often utter derogatory remarks implying he was a homosexual in front of his classmates.

“Because I was good looking and the pretty one, out of jealousy, Ahsan used to call me ‘gay’,” the officer quoted Rizwan as saying in a recorded statement. Recalling Friday’s incident, Rizwan said, that Ahsan once again abused him and as a result “out of sheer frustration I punched his face and kicked his stomach repeatedly, and might have hit him in his private parts which caused his death”.

The officer further told the court that PT teacher Zafar’s role in the murder is yet to be determined and evidence, in this regard, is being collected. Zafar is said to have escaped soon after the incident on Friday.

Cause of death

A preliminary investigation report was submitted before the court, which stated that “the cause of death is yet to be determined as no visible injuries have been found on the body of the deceased”.

Dr Khalid Mahmood Wala, who conducted the postmortem, told The Express Tribune that no visible signs of injuries were found on the body, except a minor wound on the genitals.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Khatti Chousney
    Nov 6, 2011 - 12:35PM

    does 99.9 % population of Islamic republic of Pakistan even know what homophobic means?
    In any case, another honor killing however you look at it.

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  • goggi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:35PM

    homophobic slurs ………I understand that Rizwan is a professed homosexual and hated to hear homosexual-hostile=homophobic insults from Ahsan?

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  • anwar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:28PM

    homophobic?? story not amorphous at all. Now go find and educated judge

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  • Anwar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:57PM

    Bullying is quite common phenomenon in our educational institutions and must be stopped. School admins should adopt zero tolerance behaviour to end this menace.

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  • stevenson
    Nov 6, 2011 - 8:09PM

    Sad to see that homophobic violence has now come to Pakistan. I have heard of this type of thing in America and Canada for the past few decades but most folks in Pakistan would just laugh off this type of humour.

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  • Faraz Talat
    Nov 6, 2011 - 9:23PM

    It’s quite unconventional to see a case of bullying in which the homophobe instead of the homosexual is the victim.

    Anyway, this is not the time for a callous oh-look-how-the-tides-have-turned discussion. We hope Ahsan’s family finds the strength to deal with this tragedy.

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  • Nihilist
    Nov 7, 2011 - 4:12AM

    @ Faraz: who will give this ‘strength” that you speak of to Ahsan’s family? Your God? Their child is dead, admittedly killed by a homosexual. This homosexual must be hanged by a phallus shaped object.

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  • Nov 7, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Let’s be clear that “homosexuality” is not the issue here. Straight people kill each other all the time over their relationship issues without people saying, “Let’s hang this hetero!”.

    Heterosexual people can have barbaric thoughts, and do terrible things. So can homosexuals. So let’s not use this incident to hassle people because of their sexual orientation. It is the crime of homicide for which the assailants need to be punished.

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  • adrienne katz
    Nov 7, 2011 - 4:23PM

    This tragic case could have been avoided if the school had had good practice in place. What is more, It is unprofessional for any member of staff to be involved in victimising a pupil. The whole ethos of the school has to work towards becoming an environment that does not permit any discrimination or victimisation on any grounds. Every child has a right to be safe, respected and valued.

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