09/16/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Riots broke out in Pakistan’s Sindh province after a Hindu principal was accused of committing blasphemy against Islam. Both the teacher and rioters have been arrested by local police.
On Saturday, September 14, in the town of Ghotki, Nautan Lal, the Hindu principal of a Sindh Public School, was accused of making derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad by the father of a student. Speaking to Deutsch Welle, Jaipal Chhabria, the president of the Pakistan Hindu Forum, said, “Nautan Lal only scolded a Muslim boy for not completing his homework. The boy accused him of blasphemy and that triggered violent protests in the city.”
Reacting to the allegation, a mob of enraged Muslims gathered and sent local Hindus into hiding. Local police have arrested both Lal, who could face a potential death sentence, and 43 others who participated in the riots.
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are widely abused against religious minorities. Individuals seeking to settle personal scores or incite religious hatred use false accusation of blasphemy to terrorize and incite violence against their victims. Accusations of blasphemy are especially sensitive when leveled against member of Pakistan’s religious minority communities, including Christians and Hindus.
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