Bollywood Star Gets 26 Years in Prison for Blasphemy

A Bollywood star named Veena Malik has been sentenced by a Pakistani court to 26 years in prison for doing a scene in a movie of a wedding that they say shocked and offended the poor little fee fees of Muslims. It appears that she already left the country so likely won’t have the sentence carried out.

The offending scene involved Malik re-enacting her own wedding to businessman Asad Bashir Khan while a religious song played in the background.

There was outrage following its original broadcast in a daytime programme on Geo TV in May, with blasphemy cases filed against the channel’s owner and the show’s anchorwoman, as well as Malik and her husband.

On 26 May, the senior vice president of the Gilgit-Baltistan chapter of Muslim religious organisation Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat lodged an official complaint alleging the show had defiled Ahl al-Bayt – the family of the prophet Muhammad – in playing “a contemptuous Qawwali”…

Announcing the verdict on Tuesday, judge Raja Shahbaz ordered the police make arrests under Section 19 (10) of the Anti-Terrorism Act in case of disobedience, as well as sell the properties of the offendants.

“After evaluation of the entire evidence of the prosecution, I am of the considered opinion that the prosecution has proved its case against proclaimed offenders and absconders,” Shahbaz said.

The order reads: “The malicious acts of the proclaimed offenders ignited the sentiments of all the Muslims of the country and hurt the feelings, which cannot be taken lightly and there is need to strictly curb such tendency.”

Funny how everyone else’s feelings can not only be taken lightly but completely ignored, but not the feelings of those Muslims who simply cannot live in a world where they can’t punish other people for challenging their beliefs. I find their fascist attitudes completely offensive, but my feelings apparently don’t matter.

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  • Doc Bill

    It’s like dealing with a country run by children, except they’re Children of the Corn.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I don’t even get the presumed offense — doing a wedding replay is blasphemous?

  • whheydt

    Hmmm… I think the lesson here is (1) don’t do business in that country if you can avoid it, and (2) fi you have to do business there,don’t own any in-country assets, don’t there yourself, and get any profits out of the country as fast as possible. (That is, make sure there is nothing to seize).

  • eamick

    @2: Based on the article quoted, it was apparently the lyrics of the qawwali (a kind of devotional song) that got them in trouble.

  • birgerjohansson

    A qawwali? try Ctulhu, the Musical instead. Hail the soul eater!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    A Bollywood star named Veena Malik has been sentenced by a Pakistani court to 26 years in prison…

    Actually, it’s considerably longer than that, on account of all the musical numbers.

  • raven

    Hmmm… I think the lesson here is (1) don’t do business in that country if you can avoid it, …

    1. That was my thought. The lesson is to stay out of Pakistan and never go there.

    2. The article doesn’t say why the contemptuous Qawwali was contemptuous. Maybe it wasn’t. This could have been just a typical police/oligarchy shakedown since they seized her assets.

    3. Getting out of Pakistan is quite popular. There are conflicts and wars between the Sunnis, Sufis, Shiites, Xians, Ahmadis, Baluchis, Talibani and who knows who else.

    These produce a lot of refugees. A lot of the refugees trying to enter Australia were from…Pakistan.

  • erichoug

    I still don’t get what the issue is. IS it just that they played that song? or is there some sort of prohibition in putting on a “fake” wedding?

    If so, it seems an especially harsh sentence for such an obscure offence.

    Let me guess ,the local politicos are tight with the most conservative Mosques in the area. So, they need to set an example to get re-elected. Yay, Political pandering!

  • John Hinkle

    There was outrage following its original broadcast in a daytime programme on Geo TV in May…

    Would’ve been less hassle if they just changed the channel. And what were these outraged, presumably devout Muslims doing watching sordid daytime television anyway? Shouldn’t they have been doing something constructive, like flogging themselves?

  • tsig

    I imagine they were flogging their logs.

  • anubisprime

    I am of the considered opinion that the prosecution has proved its case

    While I am of the considered opinion that intimidation and threats from religious dimwads can prove anything they want.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R2XG9CnOj8 Olav

    Erichoug #8:

    I still don’t get what the issue is. IS it just that they played that song? or is there some sort of prohibition in putting on a “fake” wedding?

    I read somewhere that the “problem” was that she was dancing to said song. Since she is a well shaped lady who is definitely not in the habit of covering up from head to toe, her moves probably aroused some of the joyless islamists against their will. Ergo, put her in jail. It’s only logical.