A Pakistani court sentences a woman to life in prison for Quran burning

RELIGIONS NEWS AGENCY (REDNA) – A Pakistani court sentenced a Muslim woman to life in prison after finding her guilty of burning pages of Quran.

AP reported under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, anyone found guilty of insulting the religion or religious figures can be sentenced up to death.

While authorities have yet to carry out a death sentence for blasphemy, just the accusation can provoke riots.

Government prosecutor Mohazib Awais said the woman, Aasiya Bibi, was arrested in 2021 on blasphemy charges after residents claimed she desecrated the Quran by burning its pages. Awais said the judge announced the verdict Wednesday in the eastern city of Lahore.

He said Bibi, who has the right to appeal, had denied the charge during her trial.

A Christian woman with the same name was acquitted of blasphemy in 2019 after she spent eight years on death row in Pakistan.

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