Pakistani Christians jailed for sending blasphemous text messages
July 23, 2013
A week after a Pakistani Christian was sentenced to life in prison for sending a blasphemous text message, a Christian couple has been jailed for sending blasphemous text messages to a Muslim.
Pakistan Today, a newspaper published in three Pakistani cities, reported that Shafqat Masih, a handicapped man, confessed to the crime before a magistrate but later maintained that he was forced to do so by police. His wife, Shagufta, has also been jailed.
The incident took place in Gojra, a city of 120,000 in eastern Pakistan that was the site of anti-Christian violence in 2009.
- Christian couple charged with blasphemy in Gojra (Pakistan Today)
- Pakistani man given life sentence on blasphemy charge, despite lack of evidence (CWN, 7/15)