Pakistani Woman arrested for declaring herself a Prophet

Lahore: Salma Fatima, a Pakistani Woman has been arrested under Anti-Blasphemy Laws, after she declared herself a Prophet and distributed Pamphlets corresponding to her prophecy. The 40 year old woman was a school Principal at Lahore in Pakistan, reports Dawn Newspaper.

According to Police Superintendent Tariq Aziz, Fatima started distributing pamphlets in the neighbourhood around 6am on Monday allegedly inscribed with blasphemous remarks and proclaiming herself ‘prophet’.

He said on being informed by some locals of the situation the police took Salma in custody and recorded statements of witnesses.

The SP said a case under Section 295-C (use of derogatory remarks, etc, for the Holy Prophet PBUH) of the Pakistan Penal Code had been registered against the accused on the complaint of Jamia Masjid Anwar-e-Madina prayer leader Qari Iftikhar Ahmad Raza.

He said the woman had been handed over to the women police for further action.

Aziz said it was premature to declare the accused normal. He said following the incident locals remained peaceful and no violence was reported.

However independent sources reveal that mob started gathering around her house. According to an eyewitness, before the mob turned violent, the police arrested the woman and shifted her to women police station.

It is being said that some of the area women used to visit Fatima for resolution of their problems as she would give them ‘taweez’ (a bean covered in a piece of paper in which some Quranic verses were written) for the purpose