A Pakistani woman sentenced to death by a Lahore district court for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad and violating the blasphemy laws of the country. Announcing the death sentence this week, the court also fined PKR 5,000 (RM122) on her. According to the reports, Salma Tanvir was accused of denying that Prophet Muhammad was not the last prophet of Islam. She was arrested in 2013 when she was a principal at a private school.
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The local Pakistani media reported that additional district and sessions Judge said in its judgment that she has insulted Prophet Muhammad by making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad.
On the basis of a local cleric’s complaint, police framed charged against her in 2013 under Section 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
The report says that Tanvir was also accused of claiming herself to be the Prophet of Islam.
During the trial, her lawyer said in the court that his client is mentally ill and therefore she is not fit for standing in the court for trial. However, her medical report dismissed the lawyer’s claim and said that she is completely fit and mentally stable.
Pakistan is infamous all over the world for its colonial-era blasphemy laws that still prevail in the country. The controversial laws of Pakistan carry a death sentence for anyone who makes derogatory comments against Islam.