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Pakistan: Angry Mob Demands Arrest of 17-Y-O Christian Boy For Blasphemy
Monday, February 26, 2018, 17:09 (IST)
A 17-year-old Pakistani Christian boy has been accused of sharing blasphemous content on social media on Feb. 19. Police filed a FIR against the teenager under section 295-C (blasphemy law) following a complaint by Awais, a local cleric.
The content went viral on social media and hundreds of activists of religious parties took to the streets demanding arrest of Patras Masih.
The activists of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) and other religious parties gathered in Shahdara, a Christian colony in Lahore and surrounded the Christian families living there, demanding them to hand over the man to them.
Christians in Pakistan, a news website, noted, "Patras Masih lost his cell phone a few days earlier and someone post blasphemous content on his Facebook account."
However, the mob has called for beheading of the boy and threatened to burn Christian homes if the boy wasn't handed over.
"After over 12-hour standoff we managed to persuade the protesters to disperse as the suspect had been arrested and duly booked under relevant sections of the Pakistan Penal Code for committing blasphemy," said Ali Raza, senior police officer.
"We negotiated with the leaders of the religious parties and told them that the suspect would get exemplary punishment," Raza said added, according to TOI.
Shahdara is home for over 400 Christian families. Following the incident, the police shifted all Christian families to a "safe place".