A court in Bahawalpur has acquitted five members of a Hindu family, who were arrested a year ago on allegations of blasphemy.
According to a report published by Kross Konnection today, Advocate Ezra Shujaat said that Yazman Additional Sessions Judge Haider Ali Khan acquitted the accused – Padmaa Ram Bheel and his sons Ramesh Ram Bheel, Mansukh Ram Bheel, Dhan Raj Bheel and Pappu Ram Bheel – after complainant Akmal Iqbal testified that the accused had already proven their innocence in front of the village council.
In May last year, the complainant had registered an FIR and alleged that the Hindu men had desecrated holy pages stored in the premises of the government primary school for boys in the village.
“The school was closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown due to which the Hindu family started using the premises for its residence and also kept their livestock in the classrooms. They broke the locks of the cupboards where religious books were kept for students due to which the holy pages were scattered all over the premises and were trampled upon by the family’s goats and sheep,” the FIR had stated.
The FIR was registered under Section 295-B of the Pakistan Penal Code.