Normally blasphemy cases are passed along to higher courts. However, on 19 January, a lower court judge accepted the application for acquittal, though allowing the complainants to re-open the case in the future.
While rejoicing over this ruling, Pervaiz Masih is still considered a blasphemer, leaving his life at risk from vigilantes.
Masih was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammad during a dispute with a Muslim businessman. Since then, he and his family have suffered greatly. The accused man’s wife Zareena was severely beaten under interrogation by police, leaving her unable to walk or stand properly. Since she was physically unable to properly watch their young daughter, the couple’s three-year-old child wandered away and was later found drowned. The exact cause of the tragic drowning remains a mystery.
Sources: World Watch Monitor, The Voice Society
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