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Court issues death sentence to woman over blasphemous Whatsapp activity

According to reports, 26-year-old Aneeqa Ateeq made sketches of religious figures and posted them on her status on WhatsApp. The woman also shared more sketches and YouTube links that contained offensive material.

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A 26-year-old woman Aneeqa Ateeq received a death sentence for promoting blasphemous content on WhatsApp. The court also pronounced a 20-year jail term and Rs 200,000 fine to the accused woman.

Judge Adnan Mushtaq of the Anti-Cyber ​​Crime Court Rawalpindi delivered the reserved judgment in this regard yesterday. According to reports, Aneeqa Ateeq made sketches of religious figures and posted them on her status on WhatsApp. The woman also shared more sketches and YouTube links that contained offensive material.

As a result, one of the people to whom Ateeq sent the blasphemous content to registered a case against Ateeq in the FIA ​​Cyber ​​Crime Wing Rawalpindi on May 13, 2020. Later, authorities arrested her.

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Judge Adnan Mushtaq convicted Aneeqa Ateeq, under sections 295-A, 295-C, and 298 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Section 11 of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca). The court awarded death sentence under Section 295-C [blasphemy]. Under Section 295-A [insulting religious belief], she was sentenced to 10 years.

According to reports, the court said the accused did not provide any evidence in her defense during the trial. The court also recorded the statements of the investigating officers after the plaintiff registered the case, which they confirmed.

After confirming all the evidence, the court sentenced Aneeqa Ateeq to death. The court ruling stated, “She is to be hanged by her neck till she is dead.”

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In 2017, Pakistan awarded its first death sentence for blasphemy on social media. A court in Bahawalpur sentenced to death a man who allegedly committed blasphemy on Facebook.

According to reports, 30-year-old Taimoor Raza received the death sentence for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad, his wives, and companions. The step came owing to Pakistan’s crackdown on dissent on social media.

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Earlier this month, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has handed death sentences to three people for social media posts deemed insulting to Prophet Muhammad under the country’s blasphemy laws. A fourth accused, a college teacher, received 10 years in jail for a “blasphemous” lecture he delivered in his classroom.