» 05/09/2011, 00.00
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.
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 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.
Naseem Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, free after nine months
The 30-year-old woman, who is mentally disabled, was arrested after person or persons unknown reported her for allegedly desecrating an Islamic image. She is the second person charged with blasphemy to be released in a month.
Young Christian arrested for blasphemy
There are no witnesses or evidence against him. The charge violates the law because it is based on the statement of someone accused of committing the crime together with the boy.
Lahore, false accusation of blasphemy against a Christian. Fears for his life
A builder of 25 has been falsely accused of having ripped and burned pages of the Koran by a Muslim known for his hatred toward non-Muslims. The police registered the complaint despite the intervention of religious leaders. Fanatic groups threaten to kill him.
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