Jamshoro: Police detained four people including two women on blasphemy charges

Four people, including two women, were booked on blasphemy charges in Jamshoro on Thursday for solemnizing a marriage under what is known as “Shariat-i-Latifi” (the Code of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai) police told Dawn.

Khanot police lodged first information report (FIR) No. 22/17 under Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) after a video clip surfaced showing a woman solemnizing the marriage of a man and a woman under “Shariat-i-Latifi”.

Section 295-A of the PPC deals with “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting Its religion or religious beliefs.”

It says: “Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the ‘religious feelings of any class of the citizens of Pakistan, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations insults the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, or with fine, or with both.”

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