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Explained: How Pakistan has strengthened its laws against blasphemy
World

Explained: How Pakistan has strengthened its laws against blasphemy

Insulting Islam or its founder is already a capital offence in Pakistan. However, now insulting people associated with Prophet Muhammad will also carry a 10-year prison sentence, which can be extended to life in prison, as well as a Rs 1 million fine

Criticising silence on Salman Rushdie stabbing, Muslim forum for secularism and democracy urges to rethink blasphemy
India

Criticising silence on Salman Rushdie stabbing, Muslim forum for secularism and democracy urges to rethink blasphemy

Underscoring the silence of Indian Muslim organisations on the attack on author Salman Rushdie, IMSD said it was hypocritical of them to remember human rights only when they need them and stay silent when dissidents are attacked

Sar tan se juda: Origin of the anti-Hindu war cry after Nupur Sharma’s controversial Prophet Muhammad remark
India

Sar tan se juda: Origin of the anti-Hindu war cry after Nupur Sharma’s controversial Prophet Muhammad remark

The ‘sar tan se juda’ gang have been scalping one victim after another following now suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma's controversial statement on Prophet Muhammad resulted in a widespread ruckus across the country

Kanpur violence: Security beefed up ahead of Friday prayers, section 144 imposed
India

Kanpur violence: Security beefed up ahead of Friday prayers, section 144 imposed

Violence had erupted in parts of Kanpur after Friday prayers last week between members of two communities over attempts to shut shops in protest against controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma

Hindu temple vandalised in Pakistan's Karachi; one held, booked for blasphemy
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Hindu temple vandalised in Pakistan's Karachi; one held, booked for blasphemy

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa condemned the incident, calling it a "state-backed terror against minorities."

No country for minorities: Legitimising murders in the name of blasphemy in Pakistan
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No country for minorities: Legitimising murders in the name of blasphemy in Pakistan

The brutal killing of a Sri Lankan national, Priyantha Kumara Diyawadanage, is the latest in the long list of such socially acceptable and religiously legitimised crimes in Pakistan

Pakistan police arrest 13, detains scores in Sri Lankan lynching case
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Pakistan police arrest 13, detains scores in Sri Lankan lynching case

The lynching was widely condemned by Pakistan's military and political leadership, prominent social and religious figures and civil society members

Clerics debate volume of 'azaan' as Indonesians walk the tightrope between sanity and sacrilege
World

Clerics debate volume of 'azaan' as Indonesians walk the tightrope between sanity and sacrilege

The mosque and call to prayer are considered sacred, and criticising them can lead to accusations of blasphemy, a crime punishable by as much as five years imprisonment, in the country

Serie A: Italy's blasphemy law brings down another footballer, this time Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon
Sports

Serie A: Italy's blasphemy law brings down another footballer, this time Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon

Blasphemy is hardly new in Italian football. But with COVID restrictions keeping fans out there's a better than ever chance of the pitchside microphones picking up every mutter and curse that escapes the players' lips, transporting them into the homes of thousands of viewers.

A historical and theological look at the sentiment against figural representations, caricatures in Islam
Lifestyle

A historical and theological look at the sentiment against figural representations, caricatures in Islam

Most religious groups are highly reactionary to any insult hurting their belief system, but in Islam it is of particular concern when the images, portraits or sound of God and the Prophets are involved.

'Always believed I would be freed': Aasia Bibi, Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges, tells BBC
World

'Always believed I would be freed': Aasia Bibi, Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges, tells BBC

Aasia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who was cleared by the country's Supreme Court of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row, has said that she always believed she would be freed

Death sentence for Pakistani scholar Junaid Hafeez for 'blasphemous' posts on Facebook; lawyer slams 'spineless system'
World

Death sentence for Pakistani scholar Junaid Hafeez for 'blasphemous' posts on Facebook; lawyer slams 'spineless system'

A court in Pakistan has awarded a death sentence to Junaid Hafeez, a visiting lecturer at the Department of English Literature of the Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan city of Punjab Province, who was booked for blasphemy and arrested on 13 March, 2013

Asia Bibi, freed from death row by Pakistan Supreme Court, calls for reform in 'harsh' blasphemy law
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Asia Bibi, freed from death row by Pakistan Supreme Court, calls for reform in 'harsh' blasphemy law

Asia Bibi was the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws

Mobs set Hindu shops ablaze in Pakistan after veterinarian uses pages of holy book to wrap medicines
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Mobs set Hindu shops ablaze in Pakistan after veterinarian uses pages of holy book to wrap medicines

Mobs set ablaze shops belonging to the Hindus after a veterinary doctor allegedly tore pages of a holy book and wrapped medicines in them in Pakistan's Sindh province, according to a media report.

'Asia Bibi is now free': US welcomes Pakistani Christian's arrival in Canada, says blasphemy laws jeopardise fundamental freedom
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'Asia Bibi is now free': US welcomes Pakistani Christian's arrival in Canada, says blasphemy laws jeopardise fundamental freedom

The US welcomed the reunification of Asia Bibi with her family in Canada, months after her death sentence in Pakistan was overturned.

Asia Bibi, Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after decade-long battle against death sentence, arrives in Canada
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Asia Bibi, Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after decade-long battle against death sentence, arrives in Canada

Though her daughters are believed to have already fled to Canada, Bibi's lawyer Saif ul Malook confirmed to BBC that she has already arrived in Canada, and her daughters are understood to have been granted asylum there.

No country for an Asia Bibi
World

No country for an Asia Bibi

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan. In an environment of relative impunity, the state’s opportunistic appeasement of extremist groups dedicated to the implementation of the stringent laws encourages their use as a potent tool of persecution and prevents reasoned debate or reform.

Sculpture of crucified Ronald McDonald sparks uproar in Israel; Christians call artwork an 'affront to religious symbols'
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Sculpture of crucified Ronald McDonald sparks uproar in Israel; Christians call artwork an 'affront to religious symbols'

Images of the exhibits in Israel's Haifa Museum of Art began circulating on social media last week, and in a Friday demonstration outside the museum, protestors wounded three police officers with stones. Two Molotov cocktails also hit the museum in recent days, police said.

Asia Bibi to spend Christmas under guard in Pakistan despite being cleared of blasphemy charges amid threats from extremists
World

Asia Bibi to spend Christmas under guard in Pakistan despite being cleared of blasphemy charges amid threats from extremists

Asia Bibi — a former labourer who was on death row for eight years — remains a prime target in conservative Muslim-majority Pakistan.

Asia Bibi: A case which showed how Pakistan's laws have become instruments of vendetta, malice
World

Asia Bibi: A case which showed how Pakistan's laws have become instruments of vendetta, malice

Given the context in which blasphemy allegations are made — including severe infringements to the right to a fair trial because of the threats to the accused, their families, judges and lawyers, as well as the bias against the blasphemy accused that impacts the impartiality of the process — it is unlikely that the Asia Bibi judgment alone would make a difference in how future cases are decided