Skip to comments.Punjab: Christian couple touches Qur‘an with dirty hands, gets 25 years in prison
Posted on 04/25/2010 8:28:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Islamabad (AsiaNews) A court in Kasur district, Punjab, convicted a Christian couple, Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi, to 25 years in prison. According to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), judge Ajmal Hussein convicted the couple for touching the Quran without washing their hands.
Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi were released on bail last January, but were re-arrested after the judge ruled against them. The husband was locked up in Kasurs district prison; the wife was sent to the womens prison in Multan. Both have started serving 25 years behind bars.
CLAAS, an association that fights for the rights of the poor and marginalised, said that the couple was accused of contaminating the Quran when they touched it without washing their hands.
The incident, which dates back to December 2008, unleashed the fury of Muslim extremists who put pressure on police. Unconfirmed reports suggest that extremists paid off police agents to discover new evidence to justify the sentence.
At the end of the police investigation, husband and wife were charged with blasphemy.
The blasphemy law is the harshest tool for religious repression available in Pakistan. It was adopted in 1986 by then dictator Zia ul-Haq to protect Islam and its prophet, Muhammad, from attacks and insults.
In fact, it is actually comprised of sections 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which respectively punish with life in prison anyone who defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Quran, and imposes the death penalty on anyone who defiles the name of the Prophet Muhammad.
In the last two months, there were two more convictions against Christians in Pakistan.
On 11 January, a court in Faisalabad sentenced Imran Masih, a 26-year-old Christian man, to life imprisonment for insulting and desecrating the Koran. He was accused of deliberately burning Quranic verses and an Arabic book in order foment interfaith hatred and hurt the feelings of Muslims.
On 25 February, a court in Karachi sentenced Qamar David, also a Christian, to life imprisonment for hurting the religious feelings of Muslims when he sent blasphemous SMS.
CLAAS announced that it was filing an appeal with the High Court in Lahore to have the 25-year sentence against Munir Masih and Ruqqiya Bibi overturned.
Can someone show me news of people from “Christian” nations imprisoning someone for mistreating the Bible?
Personally, I wouldn’t touch a Koran. There’s not enough Purell on the planet.
How many people have touched a koran in American bookstores without washing their hands first?
One of today's news stories is about how many billions of dollars Moslems spend on pure witchcraft!
Now, please excuse me, I have a dozen Korans to defile today ~ they are for sale in a nearby bookstore ~ on open shelves. Why just anyone could go in there and do just anything ~ so any of you Moslems out there reading this thread it's your fault for stirring this up.
Islam is pure evil.
I came home one day from work and some missionary-type had left a copy of the Koran attached to my screen door.
Islam is Evil....what else is there to say
Coming to a country near you soon...
Islam is evil.
No, no, no. It’s the religion of peace and love. Right?
This has me thinking about an art project...
Ummmm, you tell me:
Islam in Zanzibar - kidnapping and forced conversions
What did you do with it?
Don't give me any ideas...
I put it on the shelf next to my other one, in the Religion section of my library. It was a nicer copy.
Really reminds you of the Pharisees, doesn’t it?