POLICE in Pakistan arrested a man under the country’s strict blasphemy laws on Monday (20) for selling shoes with a sacred Hindu symbol, police and Hindu leaders said.
The shopkeeper, Jahanzaib Khaskhili, was arrested in the southern town of Tando Adam and the shoes, which carried the ‘Om’ symbol, were confiscated, said Farrukh Ali, the district police chief.
Hindu community leaders called for him to be punished.
“The state must play a proactive role in punishing the culprits under the blasphemy laws,” Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, patron of the Pakistani Hindu Council, said in a statement.
Tando Adam, 200km (120 miles) northeast of Karachi, is in Sindh province, where the vast majority of Pakistan’s approximately three million Hindus live.
If convicted, the shopkeeper faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a possible fine.