In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 06th, October, 2020

Court docket Frees Christian Man Sentenced To Demise For Blasphemy

Court Frees Christian Man Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy



A Pakistani court docket on Tuesday acquitted Sawan Masih, a Christian man, sentenced to dying for blasphemy in a uncommon judgment that was hailed as “daring.”


Syed Hussain, a spokesperson for Lahore Excessive Court docket, advised DPA that Masih, a highway sweeper from the japanese metropolis of Lahore, was acquitted after spending greater than six years on dying row.


Joseph Francis, the pinnacle of the centre that gives authorized help to Christians going through blasphemy prices, stated “I need to say the Lahore Excessive Court docket has given a daring judgment in Sawan’s case.’’


Francis stated that is the second case by which a Christian has been acquitted, after Asia Bibi, on blasphemy prices within the nation.


He added that there are a minimum of 12 extra Christians whose appeals towards dying sentences on blasphemy prices are pending.

“Masih could be freed quickly however his household faces threats and is in hiding.’’


Masih was booked in a blasphemy case in 2013. The information of the alleged prevalence sparked protests and a mob torched greater than 100 Christian houses within the Joseph Colony in Lahore.


Blasphemy is a delicate subject in Pakistan and people accused can turn out to be the targets of Muslim vigilante teams. In some circumstances, they’ve been gunned down, burned alive, or bludgeoned to dying.


Arduous-line Islamists staged huge protests towards the 2018 acquittal of Asia Bibi, who was given a dying sentence in 2010 over allegations of blasphemy.


The case attracted international consideration and led to the killing in 2011 of the then-Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who sought to reform blasphemy legal guidelines.

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