Question Blasfemy, not Nupur Sharma, Me Lord

Question Blasfemy, not Nupur Sharma, Me Lord

Opinion

oi-Sanjay Tiwari

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Published: Saturday, July 2, 2022, 15:00 [IST]

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Seeing the remarks of the Supreme Court judges on Nupur Sharma’s petition on Friday, it seems for the first time that the Supreme Court of Pakistan is more sensitive than the Supreme Court of India in cases involving Blasfami. Pakistan is not a secular country. It is an Islamic republic and there is a ban on non-Muslims on top posts. Yet, when it comes to blasphemy, the Pakistani Supreme Court seems to be more balanced after hearing the observations of the Indian Supreme Court.

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Blasphemy law was made by the British in India. Between 1920 and 1922, three different booklets were printed in Lahore. Their names were “Krishna Teri Geeta Jalani Pahegi”, “Sita Ek Chhinala” and “A lustful Maharishi of the nineteenth century”. These books not only made fun of Hindu deities but also targeted Maharishi Dayanand, the founder of Arya Samaj. The authors and publishers of these books were anonymous. In response to this an Arya Samaji Chamupathi Shastri wrote a book called Rangeela Rasool which was about the Prophet of Muslims.

This book was published by another Aryasamaji publisher Mahasaya Rajpal. After the publication of this book, there was a ruckus in the whole of Punjab including Lahore. The Muslims continued to put pressure on the British government that a law should be made to stop the desecration of their religion and the Prophet. In such a situation, the British, in 1927, adding a clause (a) to section 295 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, made a provision for three years’ imprisonment for any person or institution condemning another person’s religion or their ideal men. But this effort of the British did not yield much benefit and in 1929 an illiterate Muslim Ilmuddin killed the publisher of Rangeela Rasool, Mahasaya Rajpal.

The beginning of legally preventing blasphemy or blasphemy or prophetic blasphemy or god blasphemy in India dates back to 1927, but the British clergy associated with the Roman Catholic Church had made such a law in their place in the thirteenth century that if a person If the church, clergyman, was found to be blaspheming Jesus or God, he was murdered. Thousands of murders were committed using this Canon Law in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In the sixteenth century, this authority was taken from the Church to prevent church killings in the name of blasphemy, and if someone was found guilty of blasphemy, he was punished under common law. Therefore, the British rulers made a similar but less punishment law in India due to their experience and tremendous pressure from the Muslims.

Even today, that section 295 of IPC is present in both India and Pakistan. After the formation of Pakistan, Pakistan made it a PPC but the law remained the same. But as part of his campaign to establish Pakistan as a true Islamic country, Zia-ul-Haq made extensive amendments to this law in 1986. To this were added two subsections B and C. In 295 (b) it was provided that if anyone insulted the Quran, he would be given life imprisonment and in 295 (c) it was added that if anyone is found guilty of insulting the Prophet of the Muslims, then he would be compulsorily hanged. and such cases will be heard in fast track courts.

The last thirty-five years are a witness to the fact that these changes in the laws made by Zia-ul-Haq have become a trap in Pakistan. Before 1986, a total of 14 cases of blastemy were registered in Pakistan but between 1986 and 2017 more than 1500 cases were registered. Apart from this, more than 100 people have been murdered by the mob on charges of blasphemy. All this happened because as soon as the law became strict, people got a chance to vent their enmity. It has become a common practice in Pakistan to accuse anyone of blasphemy because of their personal enmity. In 2017, Mashal Khan was lynched to death by some of his own associates in Peshawar. She was accused of blasphemy but when investigated, it was found that the boys with her were angry with her because she was talking to Che Guevara in her room.
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These brief developments are meant to show that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has a more mature experience with regard to Blasfemi than the Supreme Court of India. Therefore, before making any comment on Nupur Sharma’s petition, if our judges had looked at the ruling of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in such cases, then they would have understood how to level the allegations of blasphemy, to polish politics or to hide their opponents. is done. Pakistan, which is an Islamic country, where blasphemy is punishable by death and life imprisonment, still does not make such harsh and irresponsible remarks about the accused, as did two of the Indian Supreme Court on Friday hearing Nupur Sharma’s petition. The judges did.

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Story first published: Saturday, July 2, 2022, 15:00 [IST]

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