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.