A 12-year-old Pakistani girl died from unexplained injuries she acquired while working in her wealthy employer's house.
Shazia Masih, a bone-poor girl, died Jan. 22 at the home of her wealthy employer, Mohammad Naeem, a prominent lawyer and former president of the Lahore High Court Bar Association.
Naeem was arrested the day after Masih's death but claimed the girl fell down the stairs and died from skin disease complications, according to the Times.
Masih's family said she was tortured by Naeem, and according to The Catholic Herald, Masih was repeatedly raped and beaten.
A medical examiner's report supported the evidence of Masih being beaten, according to the Times, and a more thorough report is due out in coming weeks.
There's a high amount of injustice for the poor in Pakistan; it is not unusual for a small boy or girl to work for minimal pay and under harsh conditions for the rich.
Masih worked for close to $8 a month to clean Naeem's house; however, the middleman who hired Masih also received a portion of Masih's small earnings.
So far Naeem has not been sentenced, and according to Masih's family, he tried to for their silence saying, "If you shout nobody will listen and they will never get anything." He also said, "I am a lawyer and will see that you cannot pursue this case because the court and the lawyer community is with me," according to The Catholic Herald.
Masih's parents were given help in pursuing the police to take action against Naeem.
The death of Masih, has been a clear-cut reminder of the powerlessness of the poor in Pakistan, said the Times.