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FOREIGN NEWS: Woman in Pakistan Faces Accusations of Blasphemy Over Arabic Calligraphy Dress [New Foreign News] » Naijacrawl
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Iin Pakistan, an angry mob mistakenly accused a woman wearing a dress adorned with Arabic calligraphy of blasphemy, leading to a volatile situation in which police had to intervene to ensure her safety.



The incident occurred in Lahore, the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab, as reported by the BBC.


The woman, whose dress featured the word "Halwa" written in Arabic letters, meaning "sweet" in Arabic, became the target of accusations after the mob mistakenly thought the calligraphy resembled Quranic verses. Blasphemy is a serious offense in Pakistan, punishable by death, and has led to violent incidents even before cases go to trial.


Around 300 people gathered outside a restaurant where the woman was present, creating a hostile environment. The police received a call about the incident and arrived to find a charged crowd. Assistant Superintendent Syeda Shehrbano described the scene, saying, "Nobody actually knew what was written on the shirt." Videos circulating on social media depict the visibly scared woman surrounded by officers, acting as a barrier between her and the growing crowd demanding the removal of her shirt. Chants advocating beheading for those accused of blasphemy can be heard in the background.


Shehrbano, in an effort to de-escalate the situation, negotiated with the crowd and ensured the woman's safety. The police took the woman, who later gave a public apology, to a station where religious scholars confirmed that the text on her dress was Arabic calligraphy, not Quranic verses.


The incident highlights the sensitivity surrounding blasphemy accusations in Pakistan and the potential dangers individuals face even in cases of mistaken identity. The role of social media in disseminating information and shaping public opinion during such incidents also comes to the forefront. As authorities address the aftermath of this misunderstanding, there is a renewed call for promoting understanding and tolerance in handling matters related to religious sensitivities.

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