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Christian Sanitary Worker Dies as Doctors Refused to Touch His 'Dirty' Body During Ramadan Fasting

A young Christian sanitary worker, who fell unconscious due to suffocation while cleaning a drain, died after Muslim doctors in a hospital refused to touch his dirty body as they were fasting, according to local media.

The worker, identified as Irfan Masih, along with three other sanitary workers of the local municipality, were taken to Civil Hospital in the town of Umerkot in the Sindh province on Friday, but the Muslim doctors refused to treat them until their bodies were washed, according to Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, which spoke to the victim's brother, Parvez.

"My brother died during the process of cleansing the filth from his body," Parvez was quoted as saying.

The doctors were observing a fast due to the holy month of Ramadan. The three other workers were moved to another hospital for treatment.

Municipality workers and local Christians staged a demonstration with the victim's body outside the local press club. The victim's father has filed a police complaint against the doctors.

A nonprofit group, Pak Center for Law and Justice, called the incident an "example of prejudice and hatred which Pakistani Christians are facing."

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