MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court sentenced a Muslim woman to death after discovering her responsible of blasphemy for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in textual content messages she despatched to a pal, an official mentioned Thursday.
The woman, Aneeqa Atteeq, was arrested in May 2020 after the person alerted police that she despatched him caricatures of the Prophet — thought-about sacrilegious — by way of WhatsApp.
Under Pakistan’s blasphemy legal guidelines, anybody discovered responsible of insulting the faith or spiritual figures may be sentenced to death. While authorities have but to perform a death sentence for blasphemy, simply the accusation may cause riots.
According to a court order, the woman was additionally sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Awais Ahmed, a authorities official, mentioned the court introduced the decision in opposition to Atteeq on Wednesday within the garrison metropolis of Rawalpindi.
Domestic and worldwide human rights teams say blasphemy allegations have typically been used to intimidate spiritual minorities and to settle private scores. In December, a Muslim mob descended on a sports activities gear manufacturing unit in Pakistan’s Sialkot district, killing a Sri Lankan man and burning his physique publicly over allegations of blasphemy.
The incident drew nationwide condemnation and authorities arrested dozens of individuals over involvement within the killing of Priyantha Kumara. Those linked to Kumara’s homicide are dealing with a trial in Pakistan.