A student was allegedly tortured to death in a madrassa in Lahore on Sunday. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and sought a report from the city police chief.
According to a complaint registered by one Mohammad Shafiq with the Shadbagh police station, his 12-year-old son, Mohammad Jamil, had been studying the Holy Quran at Madrassah Aziziya from administrator Qari Muhammad Jameel and an unknown teacher for at least four months.
A few days ago, Jamil complained to his mother about severe abdominal pain, caused by Qari Jameel’s alleged torture, according to the FIR. He was taken to four different private and government hospitals for treatment but he died on Sunday evening. Both Qari Jameel and the unnamed teacher escaped.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2012.