Couple sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan

A man who is paralysed waist down and his wife were sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy by a sessions court on Friday in Toba Tek Singh in Punjab province. Shafqat Masih, 38 and his wife Shagufta, 42, who works in a church school were accused of sending text messages against the Holy Prophet last July and a case was filed against them by a lawyer and a cleric. Farrukh H Saif, executive director, World Vision in Progress which is defending them, told The Hindu on the phone that the organisation was looking after the couple’s four children, three sons and a daughter between the ages of 12 and 6.

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