Christian couple in Punjab sentenced to death for committing blasphemy

Blasphemy law

WEB DESK – The court in Toba Tek Singh has given the death sentence to a Christian couple after almost nine months for sending blasphemous content in text messages to a local shopkeeper and a lawyer.

According to the details retrieved from local court correspondents, Shaftqat Maseh and his wife Shagufta Maseh were sentenced to death after criminal proceedings under Section 295C of penal code of Pakistan.

Very minor details of the case were made public in this regard. However, it was known that Shafqat was a watchman at a local school named Saint Cathedral School. Shaftqat and his wife were arrested on July 25, 2013 when a local shopkeeper Malik Mohammad Hussain and the former president of local tehsil’s bar Anwar Mansoor Goraya alleged the Christian couple of sending blasphemous content via text messages.

Hussain and Goraya both were complainant in this case.

However, it was not described in published reports and court documents that why Shafqat and his wife had to send those text messages to only one of the top lawyer in town. Moreover, the forensic evidence of investigation regarding text messages was yet to be made public.

However, it was reportedly said that the Christian couple confessed for sending the text messages.

The verdict was announced by additional district and sessions judge Amer Habib. The case was heard in the district jail.

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