(ANSA) – Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) A Muslim woman has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for sending text messages and cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that she considers “blasphemous” via WhatsApp. In the world but rarely used the maximum sentence, up to the death penalty.
Anika Adeek, 26, was arrested on May 2020 and charged with sharing “abusive content” on WhatsApp, including cartoons, according to a statement released by the court.
Sentenced in Rawalpindi. The court ordered Anika Adhikari to be “hanged” and sentenced her to 20 years in prison.
According to the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom in the World, about 80 people have been jailed in Pakistan for blasphemy, half of whom have been sentenced to life imprisonment or death.
Human rights defenders believe that abusive accusations are sometimes used unfairly in Pakistan to resolve personal disputes. Although they often care about Muslims, they often target religious minorities, especially Christians.
In December, a Sri Lankan factory manager was beaten to death and burned to death by an angry mob for blasphemy.
One of the most notorious defamation charges in Pakistan, in the case of Asia BP, is the Christian woman who was sentenced to eight years in prison until the Supreme Court of Pakistan released her in October 2018.
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