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Pakistan student sentenced to death over WhatsApp messages

Pakistan student sentenced to death over WhatsApp messages Photo: Pakistani student sentenced to death over WhatsApp message (Getty Images)

In Pakistan, a student has been sentenced to death over messages sent on the messenger app WhatsApp. The charges are related to blasphemy, reports BBC.

The provincial court of Punjab stated that a 22-year-old man shared "blasphemous pictures and videos" on WhatsApp allegedly with the intention of insulting the religious sentiments of Muslims.

According to the court's decision, the student was sentenced to death for preparing photos and videos containing derogatory words about the Prophet Muhammad and his wives.

In the same case, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to life imprisonment for distributing the mentioned photos and videos.

Both deny their guilt. Their lawyers claim that the case is fabricated, and the father of the 22-year-old man, who was sentenced to death, stated that he would appeal.

It is noted that blasphemy in Pakistan is punishable by death. Some people have been subjected to mob violence before their cases reach the court.

Recall that in January 2024, for the first time in the United States, a convicted person was executed by nitrogen asphyxiation. This method is promoted as a simpler alternative to lethal injections.

We also reported that in Turkey, there was a proposal to reintroduce the death penalty for the murder of women.