Two non-Muslims have been formally accused of committing blasphemy against Islam in Pakistan. They were accused by a Muslim coworker of desecrating wall hangings that contained Quranic verses.
(Photo: Minorities protested against use of Blasphemy Law in Pakistan)
Police registered a First Information Report (FIR) in connection with the blasphemy allegation. According to the FIR, Mariyum Lal and Newsh Arooj are both accused of violating Pakistan’s blasphemy laws under Section 295-B, persecution.org reported.
Asif Munawar, a member of the Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Affairs Punjab, said, “This is an alarming situation for the weaker segments of society."
Since Pakistan added Section 295-B and 295-C to the country’s blasphemy laws in 1987, the number of blasphemy accusations has skyrocketed. Between 1987 and 2017, 1,534 individuals in Pakistan have been accused of blasphemy. Out of that 1,534, 829 accusations (54%), were made against religious minorities.