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BREAKING: Court Sentence Woman to death over WhatsApp messages

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26- year-old Aneeqa Atteeq has been put on a death roll by a court in Pakistan for allegedly sending blasphemous messages on WhatsApp and Facebook.

 

According to the court on Wednesday, the Muslim girl was found guilty of insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammed and was immediately sentenced in a place callrd Rawalpindi following the complaint against her under Pakistan’s cybercrime and blasphemy laws.

 

Naive Atteeq met her accuser online in 2019 on a mobile gaming app, and the duo communicated on WhatsApp, not knowing that would led to her demise.

 

According to a report in The Guardian, she met her accuser – also a Pakistani – online in 2019 on a mobile gaming app.

 

 

He said she had sent blasphemous caricatures of prophets and made remarks about “holy personages” on WhatsApp while also using her Facebook account to post blasphemous material to others.

 

 

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

 

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” after she refused to be friendly with him.

 

Atteeq’s lawyer Syeda Rashida Zainab said it was not possible to comment on the judgement “as the issue is very sensitive”.

 

Atteeq was fined and sentenced to 20 years’ jail.

 

It has been reported that the death sentence has to be confirmed by the Lahore High Court, and she has a right to appeal.

 

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. While death sentences are regularly handed down, many of those convicted often spend the rest of their lives in jail.

 

According to human rights groups, blasphemy allegations have often been used to settle personal scores and to intimidate religious minorities.

 

Christian woman Asia Bibi spent eight years on death row in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy following a quarrel with a fellow farm worker.

 

She was later acquitted by the country’s Supreme Court and moved to Canada.

 

Pakistan has long been under pressure to change its blasphemy laws, but the move is strongly resisted by Islamists and Pakistani PM Imran Khan last year called for Muslim countries to band together to lobby Western governments to criminalise the insulting of Islam’s prophet.

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2 Comments
  1. Rastrear Celular says

    Se você está se perguntando como descobrir se seu marido está traindo você no WhatsApp, talvez eu possa ajudar. Quando você pergunta ao seu parceiro se ele pode verificar seu telefone, a resposta usual é não.

  2. Rastrear Celular says

    Alguns arquivos de fotos particulares que você exclui do telefone, mesmo que sejam excluídos permanentemente, podem ser recuperados por outras pessoas.

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