Ground Report | New Delhi: Hindu teacher in Pakistan; A sessions court in Pakistan’s Sindh third-largest city Sukkur has sentenced a Hindu teacher arrested in 2019 on charges of blasphemy to life imprisonment and fined him Pakistani Rs 50,000.
Additional Sessions Judge Mumtaz Ali Solangi delivered the judgment in a court in Central Jail Sukkur on Tuesday. According to the court’s decision, the Hindu teacher was convicted under section 265H of Pakistan’s Code of Criminal Procedure, according to which if the arrested accused in any case admits to the charges against him, the court will punish him in accordance with the law. And if the accused refuses to accept the charges against him, then the court can make a decision in light of all the evidence in the case.
The teacher had applied for bail twice in the last two years, which was rejected by the court. The incident took place in September 2019 in Ghotki, a town in northern Sindh, where the retired professor was running a private school.
A class IX student at the school alleged blasphemy while studying in the class. After which the father of the student had registered a case against the teacher under section 295C of blasphemy at Ghotki A section police station and the police arrested him after hearing.
On the other hand, there was a protest in Ghotki city against this incident and angry people attacked and ransacked the school. Later, the teacher’s house was also attacked and a temple named Sachu Satram Dham was also vandalized, after which the police and Rangers controlled the situation.
The majority of Hindus in Pakistan live in Sindh, especially in all the major cities of northern Sindh. According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Hindus constitute 30% of the total population of Ghotki city, while the Hindu population in Ghotki district is 25%.
Between 1947 and 2021, 18 women and 71 men were murdered for blasphemy in Pakistan, and 107 women were murdered during the same period, according to a recent report by the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) think tank. And 1,308 men were charged with blasphemy.
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