In Pakistan, five Muslim men appeared in court under blasphemy law after Sikh man complained they threw his turban in a clash.
Five people appeared in a Pakistani court accused of blasphemy after a Sikh man complained they had desecrated his turban during a scuffle over a delayed bus. Mahindar Pal Singh, 29, went to police after the clash on Sunday during a journey from the city of Faisalabad to Multan.
Singh said the clash came after he and other passengers complained when their bus broke down during the journey. He told Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper that the driver managed to start the bus but it took over five hours to reach the next terminal.
Due to the slow speed of the bus, Singh and other passengers complained to the company’s staff and demanded an alternative vehicle for the onward journey. He said, “The staff misbehaved, pushed me and threw my turban, which is very sacred, away. They desecrated my religious symbol so I decided to lodge a blasphemy case”.
A Pakistan police official claimed that, the five detained, all Muslims, appeared in court for a hearing in Chichawatni on Tuesday.