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Mentally unwell Catholic girl jailed on blasphemy cost in Pakistan

Mentally unwell Catholic girl jailed on blasphemy cost in Pakistan


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A 60-year-old Catholic girl who has been handled for psychological sickness was jailed on blasphemy expenses in Lahore, Pakistan, her son stated.


Jameela Khatoon was arrested on 4 June from her home in Lahore’s Cantonment space on a grievance of Muslim shopkeeper Asif Ali, stated her son, 41-year-old Sunny Gill.

Ali registered a First Information Report (FIR) with the North Cantt Police Station underneath Section 295-C of the blasphemy regulation in opposition to blaspheming Muhammad, which carries a compulsory dying penalty.

Area shopkeepers are so acquainted with Khatoon’s psychological sickness that they permit her to take objects with out paying, realizing her kin pays them later, and Ali additionally was conscious of her situation when she got here into his store and allegedly started saying derogatory issues about Muhammad after noticing a Muslim prayer mounted on a wall, Gill stated.

“Ali additionally is aware of about her sickness, and we’re stunned as to why he filed a case in opposition to her,” Gill instructed Christian Daily International-Morning Star News.

His mom had observed the Arabic Durood Shareef Islamic prayer on the wall behind the counter when she allegedly started uttering derogatory remarks about Muhammad, stated Christ was higher than the prophet of Islam and started screaming and shouting, he stated.

“In the FIR, Ali has claimed that when he and another Muslims tried to cease my mom from blaspheming in opposition to their prophet, she began strolling in direction of her house however saved insulting Muhammad,” Gill stated.

The oldest of Khatoon’s 4 youngsters, Gill stated he was not at house when police arrived at their shared dwelling quarters two hours after the incident and arrested her.

“My spouse and I had gone to purchase groceries when police got here to our home and instructed my youthful brother’s spouse that they have been taking my mom on theft expenses,” he stated. “Till then, nobody in our household knew what had really occurred.”

Gill stated his mom’s psychological well being started deteriorating 4 years in the past.

“We have taken her to the Punjab Institute of Mental Health a number of occasions for therapy, however she hasn’t improved a lot,” he stated.

Gill, who works as a cleaner on the Lahore Cantonment Board, stated the household has tried to maintain Khatoon from harming herself, however they hadn’t anticipated she could be held for blasphemy.

“We have tried our greatest to maintain her in the home, however she refuses to remain confined and turns into violent,” he stated.

Gill stated he hoped police and courts would take his mom’s psychological sickness into consideration and dismiss the intense cost.

“My mom did not know what she was saying or doing,” he stated. “It could be very unfair to maintain her in jail with such a medical situation. We hope that the court docket will drop the fees in opposition to her on compassionate grounds.”

Attorney Liaquat John, who’s defending Khatoon, stated he would file an utility for a medical board to establish Khatoon’s psychological well being.

“If the board certifies the psychological unsoundness of Khatoon, the court docket can not proceed with the trial,” John instructed Christian Daily International-Morning Star News.

Pakistani regulation does afford protections to folks with psychological sickness or disabilities.

Section 464 of the Criminal Procedures Code (CrPC) states that folks of “unsound thoughts” who’re incapable of aiding of their protection can’t be tried.

Similarly, Section 84 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) states, “an accused can’t be held criminally chargeable for an act if, on the time of committing it, the person, because of unsoundness of thoughts, was incapable of realizing the character of the act, or that the act was mistaken or unlawful.”

John additional stated that the FIR didn’t state the derogatory phrases she was alleged to have spoken in opposition to Islam’s prophet, which is a powerful foundation for acquiring bail if expenses will not be dropped on well being grounds.

“The complainant has not said the precise phrases stated by Khatoon that quantity to blasphemy, whereas the Supreme Court has clearly stated in its judgments that the FIR should comprise the phrases spoken,” John stated.

The legal professional is awaiting the police investigation report and cost sheet earlier than making use of for bail, he stated. About 40-45 Christian households lived of their Bael Ahata neighborhood, and most have fled their properties fearing a mob assault.

“Our precedence proper now’s to make sure the safety and protected return of the Christian dwellers of the locality who’re terrified of mob violence,” John stated. “Though the realm police have assured us that there can be no protest by Muslims, we’ve got requested them to deploy personnel within the neighborhood, significantly on Friday when Muslims congregate for his or her weekly mass prayers.”

Gill stated the household has not obtained any threats from space residents.

“Though there have been no protests by Muslims in opposition to this incident, but many Christians have moved to safer locations,” he stated.

Pakistan ranked seventh on Open Doors’ 2024 World Watch List of probably the most tough locations to be a Christian, because it was the earlier 12 months.

© 2024 Christian Daily International-Morning Star News



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