In Pakistan, 3 women kill teacher after 13-yr-old dreams of her blasphemy

Pakistan Tuesday saw yet another killing over allegations of blasphemy, this time of a 21-year-old female teacher in Dera Ismail Khan. But what is rare about this murder is that all accused are females and they allegedly committed the crime based on the dream of a 13-year-old.

The teacher engaged at a seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Dera Ismail Khan was murdered by a female colleague and two students outside the Jamia Islamia Falahul Binaat over “difference of opinion on religious issues”. All three have been arrested and murder weapon recovered. The accused are Umra Aman (24), Razia Hanfi (21), and Aisha Nomani (17). According to District Police Officer Najamul Hasnain, a 13-year-old female relative of one of the accused dreamt of the victim committing blasphemy, and hence, she was “ordered to slaughter”.

The relative who had the dream has also been arrested along with a register containing the details of the dream, wherein “the Prophet PBUH had directed them to slaughter” the victim as she had committed blasphemy against the Prophet.

Pakistani publication Dawn quoted that the first information report (FIR) stated that the victim was found lying in a pool of blood. Her throat was slashed using sharp objects. The victim hailed from the South Waziristan district and belonged to the Mehsud tribe but was presently staying in Dera Ismail Khan’s Anjumabad area.

Though the incident saw limited coverage by the country’s media, some Pakistanis did take to social media to express shock.

Explaining what differentiates Tuesday’s killing from many others reported every year in Pakistan, journalist and researcher Rabia Mehmood said, “Pakistani women jumping on the blasphemy wagon and/or endorsing religiously motivated lynch mobs is not unprecedented. But women committing murder themselves using Islam as an excuse is new.”