Pakistan: Woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges over WhatsApp messages

A Pakistani court sentences a Muslim woman Aneeqa Atteeq, 26, to death after finding her guilty of insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. According to reports, she met her accuser online in 2019 on a mobile gaming app and the pair communicated on WhatsApp.

Aneeqa Atteeq, 26, was convicted and sentenced in Rawalpindi on Wednesday following a complaint against her under Pakistan’s cybercrime and blasphemy laws.

The charge sheet in court said that she had “deliberately and intentionally defile(d) sacred righteous personalities and insulted the religious beliefs of Muslims”.

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Atteeq, a practising Muslim, denied the charges, telling the court that her accuser had deliberately drawn her into a religious discussion so he could collect evidence in “revenge”

In the conservative society of Pakistan, allegations of blasphemy can prompt mob attacks, and the country’s blasphemy law carries the death penalty for anyone found guilty of the offence.


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