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Karachi: Christian family faced with blasphemy and forced conversion threats
In September, the head of the family, Boota Masih, a 58-yeaer-old goldsmith, was killed, falsely accused of blasphemy. In fact, a business rival was behind the murder, and he is still free and unpunished. Meanwhile, armed men have threatened the victim's family, telling them to convert to Islam or face death. Police however have arrested these men.
Life of 11-year-old Christian in danger even though he is not charged with anything
Blasphemy accusations have been made against five Christians, the youngest a 16-year-old, after a quarrel between boys that was blamed on the 11-year-old. Local Christians are afraid that he might become the target of violence.
Punjab: 22-year-old mentally disturbed Christian man dies in prison
For police, he died from a sudden illness. Priests and activists call for justice and an investigation. Like Rimsha Masih, the victim suffered from mental illness and was thrown in jail on the basis of unsubstantiated charges. After a week since he was taken into custody, police had not yet started the investigation.
Christian jailed on blasphemy charges receives support from his family
In relating their visit to young Shahid Masih, relatives says he is holding up well. They encouraged him to be strong but are afraid of what Muslim extremists might do. The teenager's defence attorney is demanding a more thorough investigation into the case.
Without evidence police arrest Christian on blasphemy charges
A Christian from Karachi is arrested for allegedly sending blasphemous cellphone messages "as revenge for last month's attacks against churches by Muslims." Human rights activists demand that he not be remanded into police custody because too many people die in prison without trial.
Lahore, after a year no justice for Christian couple burnt alive
Falsely accused of blasphemy Shama and Shahzad Masih, parents of four children, were lynched and burnt alive on 4 November 2014. For the president of the foundation that takes care of their children, “they did not only burn two precious lives, they burnt humanity”. For a Catholic writer, “The government has shown criminal negligence in dealing with the problem of the abuse of the blasphemy law”.
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