“This is yet further proof of how religious intolerance and discrimination prevails in our society,” said Samson Salamat, a programme coordinator at the National Commission for Justice and Peace, a non-government organisation working for minorities” rights. “It is another example of religious intolerance which is supported by the laws in the PPC,” Mr Salamat added.
“Mr Masih’s death is another example of how the blasphemy law, in effect since 1980, can be misused,” said Joseph Francis, who heads the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement.
“This is abuse of the law. Mr Masih was not even put on trial. Sections 295-B and C, and Sections 298-A, B and C of the PPC are vague and can be interpreted in ways that cause suffering and death and devastating pain to society,” the Archbishop of Lahore Lawrence J Saldhana told Mr Masih’s funeral on Saturday, according to newspaper reports. “The existence of these laws gives rise to injustices. It is usually the poor and the weak who are the victims.”
Particularly if they are not Muslim.