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Pakistani woman mobbed after people mistake Arabic text on her kurta for Quran verses | Watch

Woman accused of blasphemy in Lahore restaurant after angry mob mistakes Arabic text on attire for Quran verses. SDPO praised for handling situation, victim apologizes for unintentional offense.

The victim was later taken to the police station and said she did not know much about the writing on her kurta.Premium
The victim was later taken to the police station and said she did not know much about the writing on her kurta.

A Pakistani woman was mobbed recently after people mistook Arabic text on her attire for Quran verses. The incident took place at a Lahore restaurant with the angry mob shouting slogans as police tried to rescue the woman. SDPO Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi was later recommended for the Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal for her role in de-escalating the situation.

The woman was accused of blasphemy and mobbed while visiting a restaurant with her husband. Visuals shared by the Punjab Police show the unnamed individual covering her face with her hands as people surrounded her, shouted slogans and asked her to take off the kurta. The woman police official escorted her out of the restaurant as police officials helped keep the chanting mob at bay.

She however apologised for hurting religious sentiments. The victim was later taken to the police station and said she did not know much about the writing on her kurta.

Pakistan has strict blasphemy laws with punishment ranging from a fine to death. Derogatory remarks (including written text and visible representation) can be “punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine". Allegations of blasphemy have also resulted in public lynching in several incidents in Pakistan in the past.

According to the ASP the incident, had started after the girl entered a shop and a customer objected to her dress. The latter claimedg that it was bore Quranic verses — a claim that was quickly picked up by others. ASP Naqvi said the meaning of one of the words ‘Halwa’ written in Arabic calligraphy on the girl’s dress was “sweet."

"More people started gathering there and demanded the shopkeeper to hand over the girl to them. The shopkeeper sheltered her in the shop informing the charged mob that it was just an Arabic calligraphy print as the girl and had not insulted the religion of Islam and holy verses of the Quran," the police official said.

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Published: 26 Feb 2024, 06:40 PM IST
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