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PAKISTAN: Another Blasphemy Law Victim: Sawen Masih

It is clear that a recipe to destroy the life of any minority member, involves accusing him/her of blasphemy.

Blasphemy Law in Pakistan
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(ISLAMABAD) - Sawan Masih, a resident of Joseph Colony, became another victim of Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law in Lahore Pakistan.

According to the daily Jang Lahore, on March 8, 2013, Mr. Shahid Imran, who works as a barber at Badami Bagh Lahore, alleged that Sawan Masih of Joseph Colony has disrespected the prophet Muhammad.

The local police registered the case against Sawan Masih PP 295-C in PS Badami Bagh and arrested his father, Chaman Masih in Lahore.

Later the accuser, Shahid Imran, called associates, and as a result, a Muslim mob gathered. They reportedly attacked the residents of the area.

The angry mob attacked Sawan Masih's house and set it on fire. They also burned the car of the local priest. A local police officer said a preliminary investigation revealed that Imran has falsely accused Sawan of blasphemy, but he added that the police are still forced to register a case against the Christian man to placate the furious mob who were pelting stones at Christian houses.

It is clear that a recipe to destroy the life of any minority member, involves accusing him/her of blasphemy. The police are compelled to register the case, the accused are sent behind bars and most likely killed in jail or in the court premises.

Victims say those who persecute them enjoy taking revenge; they also take possession of disputed property; exploit the women of the family of the accused; or ask for a huge sum in return for reconciliation or so.

Moreover, the other Christian residents of that vicinity suffer as well; they sometime are compelled to leave the area or they face severe threats. Their children were barred from attending schools.

About Shamim Masih

"I am Christian rights activist and freelancer Pakistani journalist specializing in writing about Christians rights for the different papers in the world. My aim is to create a peaceful environment in the society and to help eliminate Christian persecution through my writing as I bring the plight of these brave people under the spotlight of the whole world."

Shamim Masih was born in Sheikhopura's village and raised in Gujranwala, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore majoring in English, Economics and Statistics; he also received a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

As a freelance writer and author, Shamim has written for different papers in the world; his expertise is in writing articles highlighting different social issues. He has served as freelance chief reporter and column writer in “Minority Times” in Islamabad, and a number of Shamim's articles have been published in local papers as well.

You can write to Shamim at this address: shamimpakistan@gmail.com

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