Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Tuesday 06 June |
Saint of the Day: St. Norbert
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Pakistani Christian teen arrested on blasphemy charge


Banaras Khan | AFP

John Burger - published on 07/17/17

16-year-old was working in hospital when he was accused of insulting Mohammad

What can God do in your life with one Bible verse a day?
Subscribe to Aleteia's new service and bring Scripture into your morning:
Just one verse each day.
Click to bring God's word to your inbox

A 16-year-old Christian working at a hospital in Pakistan has been arrested for allegedly using derogatory remarks against the Muslim prophet Mohammad.

Pakistani police said the teenager has been detained on blasphemy charges and was relocated for his safety, AP reported.

The arrest took place Friday in the town of Kharian in eastern Punjab province,

Under the Muslim country’s blasphemy laws, anyone convicted of insulting Allah, Islam, the Quran, Mohammad or other religious figures can be sentenced to severe punishments, including death. Rights organizations say the law is often misused to settle personal scores.

The highest profile case involving the Pakistani blasphemy laws is that of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who was accused of insulting the prophet Mohammad in 2010. She has been on death row since her conviction, but languishes in a Pakistani prison awaiting a judgment on appeal.

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.