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Disabled victim of persecution in Pakistan

October 2015

In August a team from Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) visited a Christian couple in Pakistan, charged with blasphemy and imprisoned in two different jails.

Shafqat Masih is at Faisalabad’s district jail and has been sentenced to death on grounds of blasphemy, under 295 C PPC, while Shagufta his wife is in Multan jail.

According to CLAAS, this is a rare case, where both husband and wife are charged with blasphemy and imprisoned in two different jails. Shafqat is receiving treatment for having bedsores on his body, as he is disabled and needs a wheelchair, but is recovering after being hospitalised for the past few months.

CLAAS also visited Shagufta in 13 August. She is imprisoned where another blasphemy-law victim, Aasia Bibi, is also incarcerated. Shagufta is in good health, but sad and depressed, as she is concerned about her young children, who are being looked after by their grandfather.

She is also worried about her husband who is disabled. She asked CLAAS to help her to be transferred to District Jail Faisalabad with her husband.

CLAAS is supporting the family. Their children Zain, 14; Danish, 12; Joshua, 10; and Saira, 9, are being cared for by their grandfather Emmanuel.

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