It is as if the news regarding the misuse of Blasphemy Law will never stop. Lala Hassan an activist of the Peoples Resistance movement in Karachi narrated an incident about a woman being wrongly accused of disrespecting the Quran in Sanghar District of Sindh. Considering the ruthlessness of a raging mob, it could be her fortune that the police arrested her before the mob could delivery its judgment which was threatening her with dire circumstances.
According to reports a shopkeeper of the city had made a complaint with the Police that he had gone to recover a loan from the woman while talking she was holding the Holy Quran and refused to give him back his money. According to the complainant the woman put down the Quran with force, but interestingly it he told the media that she first kissed & embraced the holy book & after the talk with him, she then put down the Quran in a forceful manner
The woman is about 60 years old & she had been purchasing eatable items from that shop. She is also facing allegation of supervising a red light area.
She is at the moment in Police custody & the local tribals have called meeting today & announced that if the woman is found guilty she will be booked under the Blasphemy Law & if the allegations were incorrect, the police would be asked to register case against complainant. It is being revealed through many local sources in Sanghar that the dispute is primarily based over the load money and has nothing to do with any blasphemous act by the woman.
Its worrisome that in the past few days we have heard of many reports regarding the Blasphemous Law, I believe the law is definitely a problem which needs to be carefully addressed, but more importantly the state needs to deliver a strong message to its people that regardless of what the law states they have no right to be the judge jury and executioner without a proper investigation in the facts of the matter. More recently I believe with the hype surrounding the Gojra incident it is possible that vengeful individuals are exploiting the system and using mere accusations to rally an emotional crowd to exterminate their rivals. This must stop at all costs