A mob of 800 has killed a Christian man in Pakistan after accusing him of blasphemy. Priyantha Diyawadanage, a Sri Lankan factory manager and father of two, was beaten to death and set alight after rumours began circulating that he had torn down Islamic posters.
However, one of his co-workers says he was only removing them so the area could be sanitised. Police have since arrested more than 100 people, according to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. He has described the attack as a “day of shame” for his country.
But it’s not just local communities that target Christians for “blasphemy” in Pakistan. Christians are also penalised under the country’s blasphemy laws where authorities can punish believers with fines, imprisonment, and even death for insulting Islam.