‘Girlfriend culture’ against Islam, says Pak supreme court

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2015 01:38 IST

Pakistan’s supreme court has ruled that there is no place for “girlfriend culture” in an Islamic society while rejecting the bail plea of a man held for creating the Facebook account of a woman he claimed was his sweetheart.

The man, Muhammad Munir, was arrested two months ago by the Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) for allegedly creating an account for his classmate Shagufta and uploading her pictures without her consent.

A two-judge bench headed by justice Amir Hani Muslim made the remark when the defence lawyer contended that Shagufta was Munir’s girlfriend and that the account was created with her consent, the Express Tribune reported Thursday.

“Upon this, the bench remarked that there is no culture of girlfriend in an Islamic society as it is a Western concept,” the report said.

Later, the court refused to grant bail to the accused and asked the FIA to submit the chargesheet within 14 days and asked the trial court to decide the matter within six months.

Munir, a computer operator in a government office, was arrested under cyber crime laws after the girl petitioned the FIA alleging that he created a fake account under her name.

Lawyer Masroor Shah who appeared on behalf of the accused expressed apprehension that such kind of cyber laws might be misused.

(With inputs from PTI)

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