Pakistan: media worker and WHRD victim of online harassment for a sarcastic comment on state's practice of enforced disappearanceEvent
- Initial Date
- Aug 22, 2020
- Event Description
Marvi Sirmed, Pakistani journalist and the human right defender has once again got into controversy for making sarcastic comments about the state’s practice of enforced disappearance in Balochistan.
She referred the Balochis with Hazrat Isa (A.S) that people have started to take her comment in blasphemy context.
Netizens started a trend on Twitter asking the government to arrest Sirmed for violating Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
Section 295-C applicable use of derogatory remarks in respect of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and other prophets. It is a crime to violate section 295-C and the only punishment is “death”.
After netizens started a trend on Twitter of #ArrestMarviSirmed_295C for making fun of prophet Hazrat Isa (A.S).
After the trend sparked on social media, Marvi Sirmed tried to clarify her statement and asked people how her tweet is referred to as blasphemy?
“The tweet which is generating a lot of abuse, blasphemy allegations, and threats. For those who don’t read Urdu: Mullah told Jesus Christ didn’t die, he was picked up by God. A simpleton asked: Was Jesus a Baloch? For Pete’s sake, how it is blasphemous? How????”
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Online Attack and Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Media Worker
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 22 August 2020, Marvi Sirmed, media worker and WHRD, was victim of online harassment for a sarcastic comment on state's practice of enforced disappearance in Islamabad, Pakistan.