8-Year-Old Charged With Blasphemy, 'Faces Death Penalty for Urinating in Islamic Religious School'
12:06 GMT 09.08.2021 (Updated: 18:01 GMT 08.12.2022)
© Photo : OBTAINED BY REUTERSPeople gather outside a Hindu temple that was set on fire by an angry mob after reports that a Hindu boy had urinated in the library of an Islamic seminary, in Bhong, Pakistan August 4, 2021 in this screen grab from a social media video
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The boy has become the youngest ever person to have been charged with blasphemy in Pakistan. Under the Pakistan Penal Code, punishment for blasphemy ranges from a fine to death.
An eight-year-old Hindu boy may face the death penalty after being charged with blasphemy in Pakistan for allegedly urinating inside an Islamic religious school, a madrassa.
While the child has been kept in protective police custody in the eastern part of the country, his family has gone into hiding after a mob attacked a Hindu temple.
— Kapil Dev (@KDSindhi) August 4, 2021
The boy was arrested last week on charges of "intentionally urinating on a carpet in the madrassa's (Islamic religious school) library that housed religious books", but was later released on bail. Following his release, a mob of Muslim men set ablaze a temple in the Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab Province, demanding the child be punished.
The federal government had to deploy paramilitary troops to get the situation under control.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the attack.
He wrote: "I have already asked IG Punjab to ensure the arrest of all culprits and take action against any police negligence. The govt will also restore the Mandir (temple)".
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 5, 2021