Five Christian families who lived in a village about 120 miles outside of Lahore were forced to flee their homes after a teenage son of one of the families was falsely accused of blaspheming against Islam, a crime that can be punishable by death in the majority-Muslim country.
World Watch Monitor reports that the only five Christian families in the village of Sukheki in the Punjab province fled the village and went into hiding last Friday after a fake Facebook page that was created to resemble that of a television news station accused 18-year-old Sonu Arshad of blasphemy and angered Muslims in the town.
“There is no evidence that Arshad committed any crime,” Tahir Hussain, the chief of police in the nearby city of Daska, told World Watch Monitor. “This is a fake campaign and the case has been forwarded to the Federal Investigation Agency to identify those who made this fake Facebook page.”
According to the news outlet, the fake Facebook account posted a picture of Arshad and asked local Muslims to “burn his church and give him the death penalty.”
The post caused an extreme uproar in the local Muslim community.