An eight-year-old Hindu Pakistani boy became the youngest person to be charged with blasphemy, potentially leading him to the death penalty.
The boy was accused of intentionally urinating on the floor of the library in a madrassa, or a Muslim religious education site. After the incident occurred last month, the boy was released on bail, however, a Muslim mob retaliated and attacked a Hindu temple. Charges of blasphemy may lead to the death penalty under Sharia Law, which is guided by religion.
While held in protective custody, the boy’s family told The Guardian, “We don’t want to return to this area. We don’t see any concrete and meaningful action will be taken against the culprits or to safeguard the minorities living here.”
The religious turmoil between Hindu and Muslim Pakistanis is not a new occurrence. Ramesh Kumar, a Pakistani lawmaker, and leader of the Hindu Council said, “The attack on the temple and blasphemy allegations against the eight-year-old minor boy has really shocked me. More than a hundred homes of the Hindu community have been emptied due to fear of attack.”
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