More than 70% of Blasphemy Cases Spring from Punjab, Says Recent Report

ICC Note: The Center for Social Justice reports that the majority of blasphemy cases in Pakistan happen in the province of Punjab. Many innocent victims, mostly Christians, have lost their lives at the hands of “vigilantes” as a result of false blasphemy accusations.

3/21/2018 Pakistan (Christians in Pakistan) – In line with a recent report about 74% of all cases pertaining to the blasphemy law spring up from Punjab province. The Center for Social Justice in its report discloses that over the past thirty years there has been a sharp rise in the number of blasphemy cases being registered in Punjab. The report pin points District Lahore as the hub for such incidents.

The report further outlines the figures saying that in Lahore only there are 173 blasphemy cases that are verified. More than 11% of all blasphemy cases in Pakistan have been reported from District Lahore. The report went on to unveil that in Lahore only about 14 people lost their lives in relation to the blasphemy cases. Across the country the total number of murders in connection to blasphemy cases reached 75 until 2018.

The report further detailed that in this regard, at least four people were murdered during police custody. Director of Center for Social Justice Mr. Peter Jacob while assessing the findings noted: “The stories of men and women of different faiths present shocking accounts of brutality and enormous suffering of helpless victims”.

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