Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Student beaten to death in Pakistan university campus on charge of blasphemy

Student beaten to death in Pakistan university campus on charge of blasphemy

A Pakistani student has been beaten to death by a mob at his university campus, after he was accused of having blasphemous views.

A mob of students reportedly attacked a fellow student at a university campus in Pakistan on Thursday (13 April) and beat him to death for publishing blasphemous content online.

A notification issued by the police stated that 59 people were arrested from the university for their suspected involvement in the lynching.

Blasphemy is a criminal offense in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty.

Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. "I heard one officer say it's good that they sent this non-believer to hell", he said.

Why the police and university guards were so lazy in response and why didn't the cops present in the university do anything to disperse the students to save Mashal and two other students?

The killing comes as authorities, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, have been increasingly vocal over blasphemy in recent weeks.

This is not the first time someone has been killed over allegations of blasphemy in the country.

Police have not yet registered the case of an incident.

Quoting eyewitnesses, local English daily Dawn reported that the victims were believed to have been promoting the Ahmedi faith - which many Muslims see as heretical - on Facebook. A student requesting anonymity claimed that several leaders of the university's student bodies were part of the mob.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is critical of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, saying there is no clear definition that empowers accusers to decide whether a violation has occurred.

Recently, fighting blasphemy has also become a rallying cry for the government.

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