Pakistani police say they have arrested a 16-year-old Christian boy on blasphemy charges after he “liked” an “inappropriate” photograph on Facebook of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, reports AP in Crux.
Senior police official Akhtar Ansari said yesterday that police have sent the boy to jail pending trial.
Mr Ansari says police made the arrest after being alerted of the Facebook post by a Muslim, who said he found it insulting.
Under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death. However, the laws are also sometimes used to settle personal scores and target minorities.
In 2015, Muslims beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating the Koran.
Pakistani Christian jailed for blasphemy over Facebook like (AP/The Catholic Herald)