WhatsApp messages have caused a Christian man to be charged under Pakistan’s severe blasphemy law.
According to reports, police have registered a case against Nadeem James and are searching for him, as he has fled his home to save his life.
The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) reported Mr James had allegedly sent a poem on social media site WhatsApp, which his Muslim friend considered to be insulting and derogatory towards the prophet Muhammad and other holy figures.
Mr James has been charged under section 295-C, which has a mandatory death penalty.
According to reports, Sraey Alamgir police have raided Nadeem’s house, arrested his two sisters, Najma and Samreen, and tortured them to produce their brother.
There have been calls from mosque loudspeakers for local Muslims to gather and burn homes of Christians in Father Colony, Pakistan, if James Nadeem is not produced at the police station.
Nasir Saeed, director of CLAAS-UK condemned the police for arresting Nadeem’s sisters, as it is not just illegal but not acceptable in Pakistani society.
He said, ‘It is unfortunate that blasphemy cases continue to be registered against Christians over petty disputes, without any investigation or concrete evidence. Several innocent people like Shama and Shahzad have been killed and burnt alive without being given a chance to prove themselves innocent in a court of justice.
‘Sadly, incidents of self-justice and mob killings continue to rise, and people are not afraid of taking the law into their own hands because of the government’s failure to consider changes to the blasphemy law to stop its continuous misuse’.