» 12/03/2012, 00.00
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.
Young, mentally ill Christian man arrested for blasphemy in Punjab
Babar Masih, 25, allegedly used abusive language in regards to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslim religious leaders allegedly put pressures on people to make “false statements” about him. Police arrested him to prevent him from being lynched. The young man’s family has had to flee for fear of reprisals.
Blasphemy, Rimsha Masih, minor with mental problems. Bishop of Islamabad: a positive outcome
This was established by the medical committee; court hearing postponed to August 30. Christian activists call for the reform of the "black law". Muslim groups defend the girl and hope for her acquittal of all charges. Muslim leader: another "symbol", to be used to end the "injustice" and "climate of fear".
Christian charged with blasphemy freed after two years
Shahbaz Masih Kaka is mentally disabled, but a court in Faisalabad sentenced him to 25 years. Pressures from Islamic extremists are to blame.
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.
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.
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