GB court acquits a woman imprisoned in a blasphemy case

A Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) court has acquitted a woman imprisoned in a blasphemy case for two-and-a-half years and ordered her immediate release.

According to the details, a case was registered in the GB court against the female teacher in 2019 and she has been in jail ever since.

According to the woman’s lawyer Islamuddin Advocate, the case lasted for more than two years during which the prosecution presented 13 testimonies against the woman. The court, in its judgment after hearing the statements of witnesses and lawyers, said that the prosecution had not been able to provide any concrete evidence in support of its case.

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According to the lawyer, the court in its judgment said that the prosecution had produced three eyewitnesses, two of whom said in their statement to the court that no such incident had taken place. However, there are many contradictions in the statement of one witness and he has given different statements before the police and in court.

In the lawsuit, it was alleged by the female plaintiff that the woman had used vulgar words related to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Police later investigated and arrested the woman. In a statement to the court and the police, the woman denied all the allegations against her.

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Islamuddin Advocate said that before the case was registered, the woman was teaching in a school. She is a mother of two young children and belongs to the middle class family and she was arrested shortly after the case was registered.

The female teacher has spent two and a half years in jail. During this time, she could not even see her children because her husband had moved to another place with the children for their protection and education.

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The woman has also been shifted to an unknown location after her release and her mental and physical condition is not good as she is suffering from a lot of fear, said the lawyer.

It may be recalled that the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had also expressed its concerns over the case against the female teacher and her arrest.

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