Pakistani woman sentenced to death for ‘blasphemous’ messages on WhatsApp

In Rawalpindi, Pakistan A 26-year-old Muslim woman was sentenced to death for what authorities said were blasphemous messages she sent in WhatsApp.

Aneeqa Ateeq She denied all charges but was found guilty on Wednesday and sentenced to 20 years in prison and death by hanging, The Guardian reported.

His accuser was identified by the local newspaper The Nation as Hassnat Farooq who said that Ateeq sent blasphemous cartoons of the holy prophets on WhatsApp and sent other unspecified blasphemous material on Facebook to other accounts, according to The Guardian, citing his charge sheet.

The Islam ban caricatures prophet Muhammad.

The woman was accused of sending blasphemous messages on WhatsApp and Facebook.

The Guardian reported that the couple met on a mobile gaming app in 2019 and chatted on WhatsApp.

During the trial, Ateeq said she believed Farooq intentionally goaded her into a religious argument to get back at her for not wanting to be friendly with him on WhatsApp.

On Wednesday, Judge Adnan Mushtaq found Ateeq guilty of deliberately attempting to outrage religious sentiments and using derogatory remarks towards “holy figures”, according to a copy of a sentencing order tweeted by Naila Inayat, Associated Reporters Abroad correspondent.

Ateeq was also found guilty of using disparaging remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, which was the charge that resulted in her death sentence.

The order notes that his death sentence is still subject to confirmation by the High Court of lahore, the provincial capital of the province of Punjab, Where is Rawalpindi?

Pakistan and the death penalty for blasphemy

Pakistan, an Islamic state, enforces strict blasphemy laws that can sentence guilty offenders to life in prison or the death penalty.

According to the Commission on International Religious Freedom of USA, These harsh sentences are sometimes meted out against practicing Muslims, as Ateeq says, but more often they are meted out against Christians and Pakistani minorities.

In 2016, Pakistan passed the Electronic Crime Prevention Act. It allows authorities to punish Internet and social media users for offenses committed online, including acts of blasphemy.

According to Amnesty International, blasphemy cases are often based on false evidence, with accusers often abusing the law for financial gain or to settle personal rivalries or vendettas.

Blasphemy charges are also notoriously dangerous for the accused. Although Pakistan has yet to execute anyone for blasphemy and instead jails offenders for life, dozens of those accused have been killed by vigilante mobs.

In December, for example, the director of a factory Sri Lanka was lynched and burned near islamabad after being accused of blasphemy. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called the incident “a day of shame” for the nation.

The Pakistan Federal Investigation Agency and the Pakistan Cyber ​​Crime Wing, which received the blasphemy complaints regarding Aneeqa Ateeq, did not immediately respond to Insider requests for comment.

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