LAHORE: A Christian man summoned to life imprisonment for sending blasphemous SMS.
According to details, a Christian man Sajjad Masih in Pakistan’s Punjab province has been sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly sending blasphemous mobile phone text messages to some Muslim clerics. Additional District and Sessions Judge Mian Shahzad Raza whacked the accused with a life sentence and a fine of two lac Rupees on Saturday, 13th of July 2013.
In accordance to the details, Sajjad Masih resident of Pakpattan district was booked by the police in December 2011 for allegedly sending offensive mobile phone messages to Muslim clerics of Gojra in Toba Tek Singh. The District and Session’s judge heard the case in the district jail eventually spanking a lifetime imprisonment sentence to Sajjad Masih following several clerics of Gojra bore witness against him. Additionally forensic record of the offender’s mobile phone messages was also presented in the court.
Investigations revealed that the offence found its roots in a personal dispute as, Sajjad had designed this plot against Roma Masih. Sajjad Masih was engaged to his relative Roma Masih resident of Gojra Christian Colony but she married another Christian man living in the UK. Sajjad Masih, infuriated and determined to take revenge used a mobile phone SIM that belonged to Roma and sent blasphemous messages to the clerics from it. His intentions were to trap Roma in a blasphemy case.
During the proceedings, Police said, Sajjad Masih wanted to land Ruma in trouble to teach her a lesson for her ‘betrayal’. The police firstly registered a case against Sajjad Masih under Section 25-B of the Telegraph Act but latter on added the blasphemy charges in the FIR on the demand of the clerics.
The clerics, however, also pressurized the police to charge Roma Masih with blasphemy offence also. The police, ultimately submitting to their pressure registered a case against her under the blasphemy law. In the course of time,the federal interior ministry sought a red corner notice from Interpol for the arrest of Roma in the UK but she is yet to be traced. While, the Police resorts to declaring Roma “’proclaimed offender’ or fugitive for the time being.