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Anti-blasphemy law: harassment and violence religions

Pakistan – Even a minister admits that the law to defend Islam gets abused. Four thousand reports of blasphemy against Islam since 1986. The numbers speak for themselves: 151 Muslims, 59 Ahmadis (Editor’s note: members of a Muslim sect), 65 Christians and 5 Hindus charged with blasphemy for a total of 280 people. These are the results of the anti-blasphemy law, which has been in force in Pakistan since 1986.

The law punishes those who offend the Koran with life in prison, and foresees the death penalty for those who insult Mohammad. Since its enactment, dozens of Christians have been killed for having slandered Islam, 560 people have been accused, 30 are awaiting trial. The law (Sections 295-B, C, 298-A, B, C of the Pakistani criminal code) is often called into play to settle personal vendettas and to vent hatred.

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