In September 2016, in the small town of Bhai Pheru, in district Kasur, Punjab, Nabeel Massih, an illiterate sixteen year old Christian boy; a sweeper’s son, was arrested and charged under sections 295 and 295 A of the Blasphemy Law for simply “liking” a picture on social media; that he was neither the author of nor was he endorsing in any other way.
Without any established rules of collecting evidence or attributing intentions in the digital space, the criminalizing of digital exchanges has become increasingly common.
Pakistan For All has taken up the case of Nabeel. He is currently in custody and his case is being heard in the civil court where hearings are held amidst bullying mobs that continuously intimidate the judiciary and threaten Pakistan For All’s legal team.
His father, two brothers and sister have been relocated for their safety, and are in the process of rehabilitation.
Pakistan For All requires urgent funds for the travel and sustenance of our legal team, and the rehabilitation of Nabeel’s family