Lahore woman sentenced to death for claiming to be prophet

Sept 29, 2021: A Lahore District and Sessions Court on Monday sentenced a female school principal to death.

The prosecution successfully proved the case against the accused Salma Tanveer while the accused failed to prove that the accused was not mentally stable when he committed the crime.

On September 3, 2013, Salma published and distributed a pamphlet near her residence in Lahore in which she denied the end of prophethood.

The pamphlet also contained insulting words about the Holy Name of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), claiming his own prophethood and calling himself Rahmat-ul-Alamin (Mercy for all the worlds).

Residents of the area lodged an FIR against the accused after which the local police arrested the school principal.

Nishtar Colony police also found him guilty during interrogation. After a year and a half, the defense attorney requested that his client not be mentally stable. A medical board was later formed which declared that the accused was not fit for trial.

The case was suspended for the next two years until the jail authorities, after a medical examination of the accused, wrote to the court that the accused was fit to face trial.

During the trial, the defendants once again pleaded that their clients were restless at the time of the incident.

On the other hand, the complainant’s lawyer, Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, argued why the plea of ​​the accused was being heard after such a long time when the woman continued to run her school and went abroad several times.

During the trial, the accused also gave the right to deal with her husband in the property so that all appropriate procedures could be followed. The accused’s lawyer reiterated that the accused was mentally ill at the time of the incident.

He further appealed to the court that under section 84 of the PPC, nothing is a crime committed by a mentally ill person. Complainant’s counsel Advocate Chaudhry argued that the prosecution had proved its case on the basis of oral and documentary evidence while the accused had failed to prove that she was not able to know the nature of her action while writing and distributing blasphemous material.

After hearing both the parties, the Additional District and Sessions Judge sentenced the accused to death and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000.

“She will be hanged until her death,” the verdict said.

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