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for the first time muslim woman awarded death sentence for sharing blasphemous material on whatsApp

According to the Sessions court, the 26-year-old woman was arrested in May 2020 and charged with posting blasphemous material on her WhatsApp status.

ISLAMABAD: A Muslim woman was awarded death penalty for sharing blasphemous material through her WhatsApp account in Rawalpindi. The judge of an anti-cybercrime court in Rawalpindi awarded this capital punishment to woman.

The court, however, did not make public her name due to security reasons.
The woman was sentenced to a total of 20 years under Section 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which pertains to blasphemy. She has been fined Rs150,000 as well. She was also sentenced to 10 years under Section 295-A (a deliberate act to insult someone’s religion), three years under Section 298-A (derogatory remarks for a religious personage) and seven years under Section 11 of the Cyber Crimes Act (for forgery).

The criminal case was registered by the FIA Cyber Crime Wing in 2020 on May 13, on the complaint of Muhammad Hasnat Farooq, after which she was arrested.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Adnan Mushtaq decided the case. The case was pursued by Raja Imran Khalil Advocate on behalf of the plaintiff.

According to a summary issued by the Sessions court, the 26-year-old woman was arrested in May 2020 and charged with posting blasphemous material on her WhatsApp status.

It was reported that when a friend asked her to change her WhatsApp status, she sent the content to him instead.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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